Robert Provine Discusses Our “Curious Behavior” at the Ivy

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University of Maryland Psychology Professor Robert Provine visits the Ivy Bookshop tomorrow night, October 16 to discuss his latest book, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. The psych prof’s exploration of seemingly small, instinctive action goes where other scientists seldom tread: in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. These instinctive acts can be valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species.

The New York Times review calls the book entertaining and engaging, and adds, ”with its many facts and anecdotes and unexpected stories, it begs you to continue where curiosity leads you, down both the boulevards and the back alleys of science.”

“If you’re interested in the neuromechanisms of human behavior, you want to look at behaviors that everyone has, everyone does in the same way, are simple, and easy to study,”  Provine tells the Boston Globe in its review, The Professor of Burps.

Join Provine at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, as he discusses the seemingly mundane but, in fact, utterly fascinating phenomena of “Curious Behavior” tomorrow night, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. or learn more at the Ivy Bookshop website.



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