The rise of comedy-news programs, like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert or John Oliver, may actually help inform the public. A new neuroimaging study using fMRI suggests that humor might make news and politics more socially relevant, and therefore motivate people to remember it and share it.

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As a neuroscience PhD, why are we squinting at the activity of groups of hundreds of thousands of neurons to try to extract social relevance and memorability instead of, you know, asking or testing people? This kind of stuff drives me nuts. I haven’t read the paper, maybe it’s reasonable, but it’s clearly being spread because people think somehow that measuring the brain is more real than measuring people’s behaviors. It’s like going into a cloud with a microscope to prove it’s raining. *Edit* To be fair to the authors – they did use behavioral measures and compared them. It’s all reasonable and good, and I don’t mean to question the science. I’m just frustrated at the general climate that demands brain data be involved in every conclusion no matter the scale of inquiry. In the right hands fMRI is relevant and informative for behavior, but it’s *not* the first place you should be looking.

thegnome54

Except they often distort the truth. I used to love those shows but when looking into the subject matters I started finding they leave critical info out many times because it may be harmful to their ratings.

RuiPTG

Except the comedy shows that tend to do politics are very much biased, it seems that most comedians share the same values and for the most part. Meyers, Fallon, Colbert and Kimmel all seem to be very anti trump. I dont know that much about it honestly but that’s what it seems like to me.

Slvrandblk

Why did all these comments get deleted?

SynapsidBoi

Great, highly partisan comedy shows who have continuously stated they don’t need to tell the truth or be fair because they are comedy is how a lot of the youth gets its political information because it’s entertaining. I can’t possible see how this could end badly.

GhoostP