Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

No shit, Sherlock

Researchers Pinpoint Brain's Sarcasm Sensor

(HealthDay News) May 23, 2005 -- 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."

When asked if they'd given a name to this newly discovered medical condition, one of the researchers replied, "That's so funny I forgot to laugh."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hutch in a nutshell.

5/26/05, 12:21 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

I'm thinking now that this means whenever someone doesn't think I'm funny I can say they're retarded.

5/26/05, 9:06 PM


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