Perseus Digital Library. The American Journal of Psychology. This type of tickling generally does not induce laughter and is often accompanied by an itching sensation.
Knismesis can also be triggered by crawling insects or parasitesprompting scratching or rubbing at the ticklish spot, thereby removing the pest. Greek Word Study Tool. Harris, Christine R.
Knismesis refers to the light, feather-like type ticklinh tickling. Knismesis and gargalesis are the scientific termscoined in by psychologists G. Stanley Hall and Arthur Allin used to describe the two types of tickling.
It is possible that this function explains why knismesis produces a similar response in many different kinds of animals. Season 11, episode 4.