Sunday, 24 July 2011
How big is your right parahippocampal gyrus?
Yeah right, I realise that you probably know exactly its dimensions - and if you laughed at that phrase, rather than thought "What is Pep on today?" then it is almost certainly pretty well developed.
Apparently, it's the part of the brain where your ability to detect sarcasm is located.
I'm now waiting for them to do further research to assess whether it is culturally or gender dependent, and whether it is able to detect written sarcasm without the normal supporting cues of tone and body language etc.
Pep (Note that it is the detection organ, rather than the originator organ of sarcasm, irony, sardonicism or any other intentionally ambiguous misdirection of communication.)