Are humans the only species to cry for emotional reasons? How are tears linked to human evolution and the development of language, self-consciousness, and religion? Which parts of the brain light up when we cry? How is crying related to empathy and tragedy? Why can some music bring people to tears?
Below, you can listen to Michael Trimble talk about the topics raised in his book Why Humans Like to Cry: Tragedy, Evolution, and the Brain. This podcast is recorded by the Oxfordshire Branch of the British Science Association who produce regular Oxford SciBar podcasts.
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Michael Trimble is Emeritus Professor of Behavioral Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London. He is the author of Why Humans Like to Cry: Tragedy, Evolution, and the Brain and The Soul in the Brain: The Cerebral Basis of Language, Art, and Belief. He received a lifetime achievement award from the International Neuropsychiatry Association.