Jokes on You: A Neuroscientist’s Journey to Comedy

A Podcast by Dr. Sadhna Bokhiria

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Jokes on You: A Neuroscientist’s Journey to Comedy

Join Dr. Sadhna Bokhiria on LeaderVoices as she welcomes Dr. Ori Amir, a neuroscientist who doubles as a stand-up comedian. Joining us from Mongolia, Dr. Amir discusses with us the neuroscience of humor, the impact of cultural differences on comedy, and the boundaries of humor in today’s sensitive social climate. 

In this episode, Dr. Amir shares his intriguing personal journey from a comedic family in Israel to performing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles while conducting groundbreaking research on how humor affects the brain. Discover how humor can enhance cognitive functions, build community trust, and even aid in personal healing.

Tune in to uncover the scientific and social nuances of laughter, why humor is a universal language that transcends cultural barriers, and how it can be a powerful tool for connection and understanding in a diverse world.

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Guest Information, Show Notes and Transcripts

"I believe no topic should be off-limits in comedy; it’s about the intention and how you communicate it. It’s a bit of a dance... of ensuring the audience understands your perspective."

About Your Host: Sadhna Bokhiria

Founder & CEO, KIRIA Research

As a CEO of KIRIA Research, Sadhna leads her research firm advising the biotech and pharma sectors, notably influencing over $283 billion in client revenue in 2023 alone. Known for her quick wit and authentic leadership, she is revolutionizing cancer treatment by integrating psychosocial factors and humor into patient care. Dedicated to philanthropy, she partners with healthcare institutions to provide housing for cancer patients, and provides scholarships for underprivileged children in India, exemplifying the impact of perseverance and positivity.

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