orbitofrontal cortex

“Goel and Dolan (2001) finally found the orbitofrontal cortex (BA 10/11) to be associated with the appreciation of humour in the form of semantic and phonological jokes of the kind ‘Why did the golfer wear two sets of pants?… He got a hole in one,’ which are based on the juxtaposition of expectation and its resolution.”

from an interesting article by Ivar Hagendoorn

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Arts, as they descend into entertainment, cling to seriousness and sadness as a means of validation. This leads to dismissal of humor as less valid because it highlights the lack of valence of the performing arts as affecting any real change.

Descend into entertainment can also be read as becoming a commodity; appropriated by the capitalist market.