Some studies indicate that laughter differs depending upon the gender of the laughing person: women tend to laugh in a more "sing-song" way, while men more often grunt or snort. Babies start to laugh at about four months of age. (http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Laughter)

Humor builds comradery among men and can ease relationship tensions. (Tanenbaum, Joe. Male & Female Realities. p 152-154. NV: Robert Erdmann Publishing, 1990.)

Males try harder to be funny than women do. Females may not be trained to be funny. Study involving group therapy sessions: men were five times more likely to be funny as compared to women. (Stump, Jane Barr, Ph.D. What’s the Difference? p. 82. NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985.)

Brain scans: men laugh more at things that stimulate the right hemisphere; women laugh more at things that stimulate the left hemisphere. (Pease, Barbara and Allan. Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes. p. 58-60. NY: Broadway Books, 2004.)

fMRI study cartoons: Females activated the left prefrontal cortex more than males, suggesting a greater degree of executive processing and language-based decoding; exhibited greater activation of mesolimbic regions, including the nucleus accumbens, implying greater reward network response and possibly less reward expectation. These results indicate sex-specific differences in neural response to humor. (Azim, Eiman, et al. Sex differences in brain activation elicited by humor. Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305-5719.)

Men and women differ distinctly in their use an appreciation of humor. Self-ridicule (subjective reality) is the basis of most humor used by women and may be one of the most significant differences between how men and women use humor. (Tanenbaum, Joe. Male & Female Realities. p 152-154. NV: Robert Erdmann Publishing, 1990.)

Males and females do not laugh at the same things and become upset by different things. (Moir, Anne, and David Jessel. Brain Sex. p. 172. NY: Carol Publishing Group, 1989, 1991.)

fMRI Study: women activated the parts of the brain involved in language processing and working memory more than men when viewing funny cartoons. Women were also more likely to activate with greater intensity the part of the brain that generates rewarding feelings in response to new experiences. (Gender affects the way a person's brain responds to humor. Medical Studies / Trials. Published: Monday, 14-Nov-2005. Original source: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/november9/med-humor-110905.html)

The average speaker laughs 46% more than the audience: woman laugh 12% more than their male audiences; males laugh 7% less than their female audiences. Conclusion: males tend to be humor producers, women to be laughers. (Howard, Pierce, J., Ph.D. The Owner’s Manual for the Brain. p 174. NY: Bard Press, 2000.)

Study: both males and females prefer male comedians. (Stump, Jane Barr, Ph.D. What’s the Difference? p 51. NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985.)

Study: college males found all jokes much funnier than the women did, and gave them higher ratings. College females: were not amused by the poorer jokes but rated the really funny ones higher than the men did. Montague, Ashley. The Natural Superiority of Women. p 153. NY: Collier Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1952, 1974.

Study: Men used humor far more often than women. Males were responsible for 99 of the total 103 instances. Men tend to tell more jokes than women and women tend to laugh more at them. (Eakins, Barbara Westbrook, and R. Gene Eakins. Sex Differences in Human Communication. p 75-80. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.,1978.)

Males: prefer sexual, word-play, and ethnic jokes more than females do.

Females: like absurd and silly jokes better than males do. Hostile jokes are liked equally. (Stump, Jane Barr, Ph.D. What’s the Difference? p 110-111. NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985.)

Study: college males found all jokes much funnier than the women did, and gave them higher ratings. College females: were not amused by the poorer jokes but rated the really funny ones higher than the men did. Montague, Ashley. The Natural Superiority of Women. p 153. NY: Collier Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1952, 1974.

Study: Men used humor far more often than women. Males were responsible for 99 of the total 103 instances. Men tend to tell more jokes than women and women tend to laugh more at them. (Eakins, Barbara Westbrook, and R. Gene Eakins. Sex Differences in Human Communication. p 75-80. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.,1978.)

Men tend to appreciate silly/slapstick humor more than women who tend to have a dry sense of humor. Males are more likely to laugh at jokes at another’s expense; females are more likely to laugh at jokes at their own expense. (Howard, Pierce, J., Ph.D. The Owner’s Manual for the Brain. p 170-175. Bard Press, 2000.)

fMRI Study: women activated the parts of the brain involved in language processing and working memory more than men when viewing funny cartoons. Women were also more likely to activate with greater intensity the part of the brain that generates rewarding feelings in response to new experiences. (Gender affects the way a person's brain responds to humor. Medical Studies / Trials. Published: Monday, 14-Nov-2005. Original source: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/november9/med-humor-110905.html)

The average speaker laughs 46% more than the audience: woman laugh 12% more than their male audiences; males laugh 7% less than their female audiences. Conclusion: males tend to be humor producers, women to be laughers. (Howard, Pierce, J., Ph.D. The Owner’s Manual for the Brain. p 174. NY: Bard Press, 2000.)

Study: both males and females prefer male comedians. (Stump, Jane Barr, Ph.D. What’s the Difference? p 51. NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1985.)

Women smile more than men do (e.g., in social situations, when alone). Female social smiling begins in infancy. It tends to increase as women age. (Fisher, Helen, Ph.D. The First Sex. p 97-98. NY: Random House, 1999.)

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