The science of the giggle fit

Often, it starts with something innocuous: the teacher accidentally drops an object on the floor or says something that is misconstrued as being rude. Or, in these times of remote learning, something amusing may pop up behind one of those present on their video feeds. One child starts quietly chuckling to themselves, then the laughter spreads like wildfire. Before you know it, everyone is laughing uncontrollably and the lesson is ruined because it takes ages to calm the children down and get them focused on the task in hand.

That’s right: the giggle fit has struck again. Can you stop

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