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History of clapping

  • Yvette Blanchard, a pediatric physical therapist and researcher at the University of Hartford, says that human clappers are made, not born.
  • He says "I thinks it's a learned behavior. What I have seen babies do spontaneously, from excitement, is clasp their hands together.
  • But the motion of clapping, I think that's a learned behavior."
  • As to clapping's association with audience approval, Jay Fisher, a classics professor at Yale University, dates the custom to at least the third century B.C.
  • At the end of a lot of plays by Plautus and Terence, where they have this word plaudite, which means applause.
  • The ancient Romans also demonstrated their approval of a public performance with finger-snapping.
  • The ancient Romans also demonstrated their approval of a public performance with finger-snapping.

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