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Why do we laugh when tickled?

It's an involuntary response to an attack. The spots on the body that tend to be most ticklish are the same ones most vulnerable to injury, so when we're tickled, we tuck in to defend ourselves, squirm to escape and laugh. Neuroscientists and evolutionary biologists say our laughter shows our submission.

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