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The Royal Society's Laughter Project

Main Project Information
Goal Help scientists understand how we perceive sounds.
Task Listen to recording of laughter; decide if they are real or not.
Where Online only

Just listen to a few laughs and tell us whether they are real or posed.

The results will help scientists from University College London to understand the way we perceive and react to different sounds. The experiment should take about 10 minutes.

How to Join

Simply visit the website and click "Start Experiment."

If you're a teacher, check out the separate guide for educators.

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At school, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags england, experiment, kingdom, laugh, laughing, laughter, royal, society, sound, uk, united
Project Updated 05/23/2018