Our reaction to be tickled may be nature’s way of encouraging self defence training from an early age.
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European fMRI study:
Wattendorf, E., Westermann, B., Fiedler, K., Kaza, E., Lotze, M., & Celio, M. R. (2013). Exploration of the neural correlates of ticklish laughter by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Cerebral Cortex, 23(6), 1280-1289. https://academic.oup.com/cercor/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/cercor/bhs094
Tickling Rats: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.physbeh.2012.05.017
‘‘Laughing’’ rats and the evolutionary antecedents of human joy: http://caspar.bgsu.edu/~courses/Reading/Papers/2003PanBur.pdf