Laughing Matters: Can humour help us understand climate change?
Join comedian and environmental economist Matt Winning for a sharing of his stand up comedy that looks at the complexities of climate change. He'll be joined by neuroscientist Sophie Scott who will share insight into science of laughter.
Matt Winning is a London-based Scottish comedian and environmental economist who performs live climate change comedy, hosts the podcast Operation Earth and has a TEDx talk about the importance of using humour to discuss climate change. He is a co-host of the BBC Radio 4 show Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, Though, The Planet and author of the book Hot Mess.
Sophie Scott is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. Sophie’s research investigates the neural basis of vocal communication – how our brains process the information in speech and voices and how our brains control the production of our voice. Within this, her research covers the roles of streams of processing in auditory cortex, hemispheric asymmetries and the interaction of speech processing with attentional and working memory factors. Sophie's TED Talk, Why We Laugh, has nearly 3 million views.
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