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Publications

Publications (Books)
2012               Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond.  R. R. Provine.  Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
2004               Ridere: Un’indagine Sceintifica. R R. Provine. Baldini Castoldi Dalai editore (Italy)
2003               Le Rire, Sa Vie, Son Oeurve.  R. R. Provine. Robert Laffont (France)
2001               Ridere: Un’indagine Scientifica. R. R. Provine. Baldini Castoldi (Italy)
2001               Laughter: A Scientific Investigation. R. R. Provine. Penguin paperback (US and Canada)
2000               Laughter: A Scientific Investigation. R. R. Provine. Viking (US and Canada)
2000               Laughter: A Scientific Investigation. R. R. Provine. Faber and Faber (UK)

Publications (Research articles and book chapters):

2013

The emotional eye: Scleral redness as a uniquely human cue of emotion. R. R. Provine, J. Nave-Blodgett, and M. O. Cabrera. Ethology, 119, 1-6.

Binocular symmetry/asymmetry of scleral redness as a cue for sadness, healthiness and attractiveness in humans. R. R. Provine,  M. O. Cabrera, and J. Nave-Blodgett.              Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 873-884.
Red, yellow, and super-white sclera: Uniquely human cues for healthiness, attractiveness, and age. R. R. Provine, M. O. Cabrera, and J. Nave-Blodgett. Human Nature, 24, 126-136.

2012

TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As a Free Lunch). R. R. Provine. In J. Brockman, ed., This will make you smarter. Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 84.

2011
When the whites of the eye are red: A uniquely human cue.  R. R. Provine, M. O. Cabrera, N. W. Brocato and K. Krosnowski.  Ethology, 117, 1-5.
Internet society. R. R. Provine. In J. Brockman, ed., Is the internet changing the way you think? The net’s impact on our minds and future. Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 168-170.
Emotional tears and NGF: A biographical appreciation and research beginning.  Archives Italiennes de Biologie, 149, 271-276.

2010
Slow motion revolution.  R. R. Provine. In J. Brockman, ed., This will change everything: Ideas that will shape the future.  Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 387-388.
El Poder, de la risa: Todas las functiones de nuestra major aliada. R. R. Provine. Mente Sana, 57, 49-53.
Yawning. R. R. Provine. Reprint of  2005 article in book of reading.  In P. W. Sherman and J. Alcock. Eds. Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from Am. Sci., 5th Ed.., pp. 300-307.
Tearing: Breakthrough in emotional signaling.  R. R.Provine. Reprint of 2009 article in Evolutionary Psychology. In K L. Freiberg, ed., Annual Editions: Human Development 10/11. 39th Edition.  McGraw Hill, New York, pp. 177-179.

2009
Tearing: Breakthrough in human emotional signaling.  R. R. Provine, K. A. Krosnowski and N. W. Brocato. Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 52-56.
Gone fishing.  R. R. Provine. In J. Brockman, ed., What have you changed your mind about? Today’s leading minds rethink everything. Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 80-82.
Reciprocity of laughter, humor, and tickling, but not crying, in the sexual marketplace. R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, __, __-__.

2008
Notation and expression of emotion in operatic laughter. R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 591-592.

2007
Emoticons punctuate website text messages. R. R. Provine, R. J. Spencer, and D. L. Mandell.. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 26, 299-307.
This is all there is.  R. R. Provine, In J. Brockman, ed., What is your dangerous idea: Today’s leading thinkers about the unthinkable. Free Press/Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 159-161.
Things could always be worse.  R. R. Provine. In J. Brockman, ed., What are you optimistic about? Today’s leading thinkers on why things are good and getting better. Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 326-327.

2006
Human behavior is not consciously controlled. R. R. Provine.  In D. Eggers, ed., The best American nonrequired reading 2006, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 19-21.
Laughter among deaf signers. R. R. Provine and K. Emmorey. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 11, 403-409.
Yawning. R. R. Provine, In A. Gawande, ed., The best American science writing 2006.  Harper Perennial, New York, pp. 291-305.
Velocity and direction in neurobehavioral evolution: The centripetal perspective. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 21-22.

2005
Yawning.  R. R. Provine.  American Scientist, 93, 532-539.
Human behavior is not consciously controlled. In J. Brockman, ed., What we believe but cannot prove: Today’s leading thinkers on science in the age of uncertainty, Free Press/HarperCollins, New York, pp. 147-149.
Illusions of intentionality, shared and unshared. R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 713-714.

2004
Laughing, tickling, and the evolution of speech and self. R. R. Provine. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13, 215-218.
Contagious yawning and laughing: Everyday imitation and mirror-like behavior.  R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Brain Science, 28, 142.
Walkie-talkie evolution: Bipedalism and vocal production. R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 520-521.
Infant vocalizations: Contrasts between crying and laughter. R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 471-472.

2002
Ha! Ha! Ha!  As die Wissenschaft uber Lachen herausgefunden hat, ist uberraschend: Lachen hat wenig mit Humor zu tun.  R. R. Provine.  NZZ Folio, November 2002, 22-28.

2001
In the trenches with Viktor Hamburger and Rita Levi-Montalcini: One student’s perspective. R. R. Provine. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 19, 143-149.

2000
Universal schooling. R. R. Provine. In J. Brockman, ed., The greatest inventions of the past 2,000 years: Today’s leading thinkers choose the creations that shaped our
world. Simon & Schuster, New York, pp. 61-62.
The science of laughter. R. R. Provine. Psychology Today, Nov/Dec, 58-62.
The laughing species. R. R. Provine. Natural History, 109, 72-77.

1998
Epidemie de rire. R. R. Provine and H. R. Weems. Science et Avenir, Juillet/Aout, 18-19.
Le rire des singes. R. R. Provine and H. R. Weems. Sciences et Avenir, Juillet/Aout, 20-23.
Laughter. R. R. Provine, In Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (2nd ed.). Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Yawning. R. R. Provine, In Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (2nd ed.). Elsevier, Amsterdam.

1996
Yawning. R. R. Provine. In Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Elsevier, Amsterdam. CD ROM
Laughing. R. R. Provine. In Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Elsevier, Amsterdam. CD ROM
Contagious yawning and laughter: Significance for sensory feature detection, motor pattern generation, imitation, and the evolution of social behavior. R. R. Provine. In C. M. Heyes and B. G. Galef, eds., Social learning in animals: The roots of culture. Academic Press, New York, pp. 179-208.
Yawns, laughs, smiles, tickles, and talking: Naturalistic and laboratory studies of facial action and social communication. R. R. Provine. In J. A. Russell, and J. M. Fernandez-Dols, eds., New directions in the study of facial expression. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 158-175.
Laughter. R. R. Provine. American Scientist, 84, 38-45.

1994
Pre- and postnatal development of wing-flapping and flight in birds: Embryological, comparative and evolutionary perspectives. R. R. Provine. In M. O. Davies & P. Green , eds.,Perception and motor control in birds: A unified approach. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 135-159.

1993
Laughter punctuates speech: Linguistic, social, and gender contexts of laughter. R. R. Provine. Ethology, 95, 291-298.
Prenatal behavior development: Ontogenetic adaptations and non-linear processes. R. R. Provine. In G. J. P. Savelsbergh, ed., The development of coordination in infancy. Elsevier, Amsterdam. pp. 203-236.
Natural priorities for developmental study: Neuroembryological perspectives of motor development. R. R. Provine. In A. Kalverboer, B. Hopkins, & R. Geuze, eds., Motor development in early and later childhood. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp. 51-73.
Yawning, R. R. Provine. In M. A. Carskadon, ed., Encyclopedia of sleep and dreaming. MacMillan, New York. pp. 65 1-654.

1992
Contagious laughter: Laughter is a sufficient stimulus for laughs and smiles. R. R. Provine. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 30, 1-4.

1991
Laughter: A stereotyped human vocalization. R. R. Provine and Y. L. Yong. Ethology, 89 115-124.

1989
Faces as releasers of contagious yawning: An approach to face detection using normal human subjects. R. R. Provine. Bulletin of the Psvchonomic Society, 27 211-214.
Laughing, smiling, and talking: Relation to sleeping and social context in humans. R. R Provine and K. R. Fischer. Ethology, 83 295-305.
Yawning and simulation science. R. R. Provine. Simulation 53 193-194.
Contagious yawning and infant imitation. R. R. Provine. Bulletin of the Psvchonomic Society, 27, 125-126.

1988
On the uniqueness of embryos and the difference it makes. R. R. Provine. In W. P. Smotherman and S. R. Robinson, eds., Behavior of the fetus. Telford Press, Caldwell, New Jersey. pp. 35-46.

1987
Yawning: Relation to sleeping and stretching in humans. R. R. Provine, H. B. Hamernik, and B. C. Curchack. Ethology, 76, 152-160.
Yawning: No effect of 3-5% CO2. 100% O2, and exercise. R. R. Provine, B. C. Tate, and L. L. Geldmacher. Behavioral and Neural Biology, 48, 382-392.

1986
Behavioral neuroembryology: Motor perspectives. R. R. Provine. In W. Greenough and J. Juraska, eds., Developmental neuropsychobiology. Academic Press, New York. pp. 213-239.
Yawning as a stereotyped action pattern and releasing stimulus. R. R. Provine. Ethology, 72, 109-122.
Yawning: Effects of stimulus interest. R. R. Provine and H. B. Hamernik. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 24, 437-438.

1984
Comparative analysis of the development of wing-flapping and flight in the fowl. R. R. Provine, C. L. Strawbridge, and B. J. Harrison. Developmental Psychobiology, 17 1-10
Wing-flapping during development and evolution. R. R. Provine. American Scientist, 72 448-455.

1983
Chicken muscular dystrophy: An inherited disorder of flight. R. R. Provine. Developmental Psychobiology, 16, 23-27.
Development of wing-flapping and flight: A review. R. R. Provine. Bird Behaviour, ~,  16-21.

1982
Pre-flight development of bilateral wing coordination in the chick (Gallus domesticus):
Effects of induced bilateral wing asymmetry. R. R. Provine. Developmental Psychobiology, 15, 245-255.

1981
Wing-flapping develops in chickens made flightless by feather mutations. R. R. Provine. Developmental Psychobiology, 14, 481-486.
Development of wing-flapping and flight in normal and flap-deprived chicks (Gallus domesticus). R. R. Provine. Developmental Psychobiology 14 279-291.
Embryonic and postembryonic development. R. R. Provine. In W. J. Bell and K. G. Adiyodi, eds., The American cockroach, Chapman and Hall, London. pp. 399-423.

1980
Development of between-limb movement synchronization in the chick embryo. R. R. Provine. Developmental Psychobiology, 13, 151-163.

1979
Crossing the midline: Limits of early eye-hand behavior. R. R. Provine and J. Westerman. Child Development, 50 437-441.
“Wing-flapping” develops in wingless chicks. R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Neural Biology, 27, 233-237.

1977
Behavioral development of the cockroach (Periplaneta americana). R. R. Provine. Journal of Insect Physiology, 23, 213-220.
Development of spinal cord bioelectric activity in spinal chick embryos and its behavioral implications. R. R. Provine and L. Rogers. Journal of Neurobiology, 8 217-228.

1976
Eclosion and hatching in cockroach first instar larvae: A stereotyped pattern of behavior. R. R. Provine. Journal of Insect Physiology, 22, 127-13 1.
Formation of cockroach interganglionic connectives: An in vitro analysis. R. R. Provine, K. R. Seshan and L. Aloe. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 165, 17-30.
Development of function in nerve nets. R. R. Provine. In J. Fentress, ed., Simpler networks and behavior, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Mass., pp. 203-220.

1975
On voluntary ocular accommodation. R. R. Provine and J. M. Enoch. Perception and Psychophysics, 17 209-212. Reprinted in: T. Barber, L. DiCara, J. Kamiya, N. Miller, D. Shapiro and J. Stoyva, eds., 1975 Biofeedback and self-control annual, Aldine Publishing Co., Chicago (1976).
Shift in the peak of the photopic Stiles-Crawford function with marked accommodation. K. Blank, R. R. Provine and J. M. Enoch. Vision Research, 15, 499-507.

1974
Structural and electrophysiological properties of nymphal and adult insect medial neurosecretory cells: An in vitro analysis. K. R. Seshan, R. R. Provine and R. Levi-Montalcini. Brain Research, 78, 359-376.
Emergence of geometric patterns in insect nerve nets: An in vitro analysis. R. R. Provine, K. R. Seshan and L. Aloe. Brain Research, 80 328-334.

1973
Spontaneous bioelectric activity in long term cultures of the embryonic insect central nervous system. R. R. Provine, L. Aloe, and K. R. Seshan. Brain Research, 56 364-370.
Neurophysiological aspects of behavior development in the chick embryo. R. R. Provine. In G. Gottlieb, ed., Behavioral embryology, Academic Press, New York, 77-102.

1972
Neural correlates of embryonic motility in the chick. K. L. Ripley and R. R. Provine. Brain Research, 45 127-134.
The levels of the brain specific proteins S-100 and 14-3-2 in the developing chick spinal cord. T. S. Cicero and R. R. Provine. Brain Research, 44, 294-298.
Ontogeny of bioelectric activity in the spinal cord of the chick embryo and its behavioral implications. R. R. Provine. Brain Research, 41, 365-378.
Hatching behavior of the chick (Gallus domesticus): plasticity of the rotatory component. R. R. Provine. Psychonomic Science, 29 27-28

1971
Embryonic spinal cord: Synchrony and spatial distribution of polyneuronal burst discharges. R. R. Provine. Brain Research, 29 155-158.

1970
Unit activity of the isolated spinal cord of chick embryo in situ. S. C. Sharma, R. R. Provine, V. Hamburger, and T. T. Sandel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 66 40-47.
Electrical activity in the spinal cord of the chick embryo in situ. R. R. Provine, S. C. Sharma, T. T. Sandel, and V. Hamburger. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 65 508-515.

Publications (Book reviews, commentaries, and letters)
2001
Decision theory and national security. In: Reality Club/Edge/Third Culture/Digerati. http://www.edge.org, 10/1/01
Ticklish relationships. In: the book, Neiman-Marcus, May, —.
Laughter. Educational materials supporting appearance on Scientific American Frontiers. PBS.org
Walkie-talkie theory: Bipedalism was necessary for human speech evolution. In2002 , in preparation. RealityClub/Edge/Third Culture/Digerati. http://www.edge.org

2000
Mirror image behavior: Yawning and laughing–A commentary on Ramachandran. In: Reality Club/Edge/Third Culture/Digerati. http://www.org.

1999
The regeneration prize. In: Reality Club/Edge/Third Culture/Digerati. http://www.edge.org Discovery of childhood and the invention of universal schooling. In: Reality Club/Edge/Third Culture/Digerati. http://www.edge.org, 01/4/99
Why we laugh. MSNBC web site, 5/99

1998
Review of: Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language. R. Dunbar. R. R. Provine. quarterly Review of Biology 73 256-257.
Question. R. R. Provine. World Question Center. Reality Club/Edge/Third Culture/Digerati. http://www.edge.org, 01/01/98.

1997
Commentary on Rodney Brooks. R. R. Provine. Reality Club/Edge/Third Culture[Digerati. http://www.edge.org, 12/12/97

1993
Review of: Developmental biology: A comprehensive synthesis. S. F. Gilbert. R. R. Provine. Quarterly Review of Biology, ~, 111- 112.

1990
Handbook of human nature: A review of: Human ethology, I. Eibl-Eibesfeldt. R. R. Provine.
Contemporary Psychology, 35, 837-838.

1989
Review of: Cerebral cortex, Vol. 7: Development and maturation of cerebral cortex. A. Peters and E. G. Jones, Eds. R. R. Provine. American Scientist 77 597-598.

1988
Hierarchy of developmental contingencies: A review of Purves and Lichtman’s Principles of
neural development. R. R. Provine. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 50 565-569.

1986
Adaptive development. A review of: The comparative development of adaptive skills:
Evolutionary implications, E. S. Gollin, Ed. R. R. Provine. Contemporary Psychology.

1985
Review of: Principles of neural development, D. Purves and J. W. Lichtman. R. R. Provine.
American Scientist, 73, 394-395.

1984
Review of: The chemistry of behavior: A molecular approach to neuronal plasticity, S. Reinis and J. M. Goldman. R. R. Provine. Bioscience 34, 330.
Contingency-governed science. A commentary on: Selection by conseciuences, B.F. Skinner.
R. R. Provine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 7 494-495.

1983
Interdisciplinary research develops. A review of: Behavioral development: The Bielefeld
interdisciplinary proiect, K. Immelmann, G. W. Barlow, L. Petrinovich and M. B. Main, Eds. R.
R. Provine. Contemporary Psychology, 28, 426-427.

1982
Review of: The development of movement control and co-ordination, J. A. S. Kelso and J. E. Clark, Eds. R. R. Provine. American Scientist, 70, 656-657.
Review of: Brain, behaviour and evolution, D. A. Oakley and H. C. Plotkin, Eds. R.R. Provine. Bioscience, 32 882

1981
Star colors: A letter to the editor. R. R. Provine. ~ Telescope, 61, 403. Giving behavior to psychology. A commentary on: The organization of action: A new synthesis, C. R. Gallistel. R.R.
Provine. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4 635.