Robert R. Provine, Ph.D.

Cerebrum 071514 author - featureRobert R. Provine, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After training in developmental neuroscience at Washington University and investigating neurobehavioral development in many species, he developed a novel, low-tech approach to human brain mechanisms that he terms “sidewalk neuroscience,” which is based on the analysis of simple instincts such as laughing and yawning. As a bonus, the contagion of these behaviors provides an entrée to the neurological basis of social behavior. Provine is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research is described in Laughter: A Scientific Investigation and Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond.