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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Researchers Pinpoint Brain's Sarcasm Sensor
Researchers Pinpoint Brain's Sarcasm Sensor - Yahoo! News:

"...some brain-damaged people can't comprehend sarcasm, and Israeli researchers think it's because a specific brain region has gone dark.

The region, according to the researchers, handles the task of detecting hidden meaning, a crucial component of sarcasm. If that part of the brain is out of commission, the irony doesn't come through, the scientists report in the May issue of Neuropsychology.

'People with prefrontal brain damage suffer from difficulties in understanding other people's mental states, and they lack empathy,' said study co-author Simone Shamay-Tsoory, a researcher at the University of Haifa. 'Therefore, they can't understand what the speaker really is talking about, and get only the literal meaning.'"

As if...
Nomad, I meant to ask you about what happenned the last time we got together. I was in the middle of telling you a really fascinating and long story about my stroke. You looked at your watch for a second and said "Gee, look at the time, gotta go, bye!" and were gone before I had a chance to finish. Where did you need to go so fast?
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