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Teaching Tuesday 1: The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic

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Mass hysteria and what causes it, along with other famous examples in the distant and not so distant past.

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Teaching Tuesday 1: The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic

  1. 1. Teaching Tuesday #1
  2. 2. Tanganyika laughter epidemic
  3. 3. 1962 Tanganyika, Tanzania
  4. 4. Kashasha 2-3 girls giggle
  5. 5. 95 / 159 Giggle festival
  6. 6. Nshamba 217
  7. 7. Kashasha to Bukoba 48+
  8. 8. 1000 18 months later
  9. 9. How long can you laugh?
  10. 10. Symptoms ● Pain
  11. 11. Symptoms ● Pain ● Fainting
  12. 12. Symptoms ● Pain ● Fainting ● Crying
  13. 13. Symptoms ● Pain ● Fainting ● Crying ● Respiratory Problems
  14. 14. Symptoms ● Pain ● Fainting ● Crying ● Respiratory Problems ● Dizziness
  15. 15. Symptoms ● Pain ● Fainting ● Crying ● Respiratory Problems ● Dizziness ● Rashes
  16. 16. Other examples
  17. 17. The Dancing Plague of the Middle Ages Choreomania
  18. 18. 1983 West Bank fainting epidemic Palestine
  19. 19. William Byrd Twitches 2007
  20. 20. Kissing Bug Scare 1899
  21. 21. Strawberries with Sugar Portugal, 2006
  22. 22. So what happened?
  23. 23. Mass psychogenic illness Or: mass sociogenic illness, mass psychogenic disorder, epidemic hysteria, or mass hysteria - Purely mental - No physical causes - “Telegenetics” - Often stress-triggered
  24. 24. Tanzania’s independence Stress in low status / power people
  25. 25. School stress Students have performance pressure
  26. 26. Media influence Newspapers = TV = fake news
  27. 27. Conclusion - Don’t watch TV
  28. 28. Conclusion - Don’t watch TV - Don’t have friends
  29. 29. Conclusion - Don’t watch TV - Don’t have friends - Don’t go to school
  30. 30. Conclusion - Don’t watch TV - Don’t have friends - Don’t go to school - Don’t get caught in a flash mob

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