The Psychology of Humor

An Integrative Approach

Author: Rod A. Martin,Thomas Ford

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128135093

Category: Psychology

Page: 548

View: 8560

Most of us laugh at something funny multiple times during a typical day. Humor serves multiple purposes, and although there is a sizable and expanding research literature on the subject, the research is spread in a variety of disciplines. The Psychology of Humor, 2e reviews the literature, integrating research from across subdisciplines in psychology, as well as related fields such as anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, sociology, and more. This book begins by defining humor and presenting theories of humor. Later chapters cover cognitive processes involved in humor and the effects of humor on cognition. Individual differences in personality and humor are identified as well as the physiology of humor, the social functions of humor, and how humor develops and changes over the lifespan. This book concludes noting the association of humor with physical and mental health, and outlines applications of humor use in psychotherapy, education, and the workplace. In addition to being fully updated with recent research, the second edition includes a variety of new materials. More graphs, tables, and figures now illustrate concepts, processes, and theories. It provides new brief interviews with prominent humor scholars via text boxes. The end of each chapter now includes a list of key concepts, critical thinking questions, and a list of resources for further reading. Covers research on humor and laughter in every area of psychology Integrates research findings into a coherent conceptual framework Includes brain imaging studies, evolutionary models, and animal research Integrates related information from sociology, linguistics, neuroscience, and anthropology Explores applications of humor in psychotherapy, education, and the workplace Provides new research, plus key concepts and chapter summaries

The Psychology of Humor

A Reference Guide and Annotated Bibliography

Author: Jon E. Roeckelein

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313315770


Page: 579

View: 6476

Provides a current and comprehensive review of the literature on humor in psychology, gives terminological distinctions, traces the evolution of humor, and explains theoretical and methodological aspects of humor.

The Psychology of Humor at Work

A Psychological Perspective

Author: Christopher Robert

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1317370775

Category: Psychology

Page: 170

View: 3901

This is the first book to look at the psychological processes that enable humor to affect people and teams in the workplace. It recognizes that humor plays many roles beyond making people feel happier and more productive, and acknowledges humor’s potential darker side as well. Bringing together a small but growing field of study, the book features chapters around core psychological topics such perception, creativity and stress, while also addressing organizational issues such as leadership, teamwork, and social networks. The collection concludes with chapters on the role of humor in recruitment processes, as well as how humor consultants work with organizations. Each chapter in The Psychology of Humor at Work not only provides a comprehensive review of what is known in that area, but also considers future directions for research and practice. It will prove fascinating reading for students, practitioners and researchers in organizational psychology, HRM, and business and management.

The Psychology of Humor

Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Issues

Author: Jeffrey H Goldstein

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 1483288544

Category: Psychology

Page: 294

View: 7109

The Psychology of Humor: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Issues examines theoretical perspectives and empirical issues concerning the psychology of humor. Theoretical views of humor range from the physiological to the sociological and anthropological. The relations between humor, laughter, and smiling are considered, along with the connection between collative variables and arousal. Comprised of 13 chapters, this book begins with an introduction to the history of thought and major theoretical issues on humor, followed by a description of models of different aspects of humor. The next section deals with empirical issues in which selected research areas are given detailed attention. The relations between humor, laughter, and smiling, on the one hand, and collative variables and arousal, on the other, are analyzed. Subsequent chapters explore the cognitive origins of incongruity humor by comparing fantasy assimilation and reality assimilation; a two-stage model for the appreciation of jokes and cartoons; and the social functions and physiological correlates of humor. The relationship between arousal potential and funniness of jokes is also explored, together with humor judgments as a function of reference groups and identification classes. The final chapter presents an annotated bibliography of published papers on humor in the research literature and an analysis of trends between 1900 and 1971. This monograph will be of interest to psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and behavioral scientists.


The Psychology of Living Buoyantly

Author: Herbert M. Lefcourt

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461542871

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

View: 6375

In his earlier work the author has studied stress and the personality characteristics that protect us from its effects on health and well-being. In this new book he places humor firmly within the literatures of coping processes, the moderation of stressful experiences, and health by showing how humor can help create and encourage feelings of community, closeness, and control. Lefcourt blends empirical research with anecdotal reports in this thoughtful volume.

Laughing, a psychology of humor

Author: Norman Norwood Holland

Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr


Category: Humor

Page: 231

View: 1516

Surveys the various psychological theories which attempt to explain the nature of laughter, and explores the relationship between humor and a person's sense of identity

An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor

Author: Janet Gibson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780367029081

Category: Laughter

Page: 312

View: 5103

An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of psychologists' research on humor. Drawing on research from a variety of psychological perspectives, from cognitive and biological to social and developmental, the book explores factors that affect our detection, comprehension, liking, and use of humor. Throughout the book, theories and paradigms of humor are explored, with each chapter dedicated to a distinct field of psychological research. Covering topics including humor development in children and older adults, humor's effectiveness in advertisements and educational materials, humor's functions in the workplace and cross-cultural psychology, the book addresses the challenges psychologists face in defining and studying humor despite it being a universal and often daily experience. Featuring a wealth of student-friendly features, including learning objectives and classroom activities, An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor is an essential read for all students of humor.

The Psychology of Laughter

Author: Boris Sidis

Publisher: N.A


Category: Laughter

Page: 300

View: 7618

A look at the main psychological principles that underlie laughter and humor their various manifestations.

Humor and Laughter

Theory, Research and Applications

Author: Hugh Foot

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351514202

Category: Psychology

Page: 348

View: 2200

Humor and laughter play a vital part in our everyday social encounters. This book is concerned with the exploration of the psychology of humor and laughter by the foremost professional researchers in these areas. It examines the major theoretical perspectives underlying current approaches and it draws together for the first time the main empirical work done over the course of this century. Peter Berks brings this story up to the moment.The two major parts of the book deal with perception of and responses to humor, and its uses in society at large. The chapters themselves range from cognitive aspects of humor development, through the functions of humor and laughter in social interaction, to the use of humor by comedians and by the mass media. One of the general features of the volume is the concern with the variety of techniques and research methods which are used in studies aimed at understanding our responsiveness to humor and the contexts in which we create it.Humor and Laughter contains chapters by psychologists with longstanding research interests in humor and laughter, including Thomas R. Shultz, Mary K. Rothbart, Goran Nerhardt, Michael Godkewitsch, Walter E. O'Connell, and Harvey Mindess. Humor and Laughter presents wide-ranging theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on an important area of human behavior and social interaction. This book should interest many behavioral scientists and practitioners, particularly those in social and clinical psychology, psychiatry, child psychology and education, sociology, and related disciplines.

The Psychology of Military Humour

Author: J. Nazareth

Publisher: Lancer International Lancer Press


Category: History

Page: 243

View: 2410

This book is the most comprehensive work on the subject, and perhaps the only one that focuses on military humor. Everyone enjoys humor, and military humor has a particular appeal because it is created in an environment that offers the maximum opportunity for its exploitation. It will also make the general reader familiar with the military milieu and the working of the military mind. The student of psychology should find this book useful because it presents the difficult subject of humor in general, in a comprehensive and readable form. However, this book should prove most useful to the service officer, for whom the pleasure of the humor will be enhanced because familiarity with the military environment. It will also give a new dimension in the exercise of military command by the use of humor to mitigate the stresses and strains of peace and war.

Tickles 'n Tears

The Psychology of Humor

Author: Spec

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781490766737

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 280

View: 8901

Comments & Acclaim 14 Year-Old after the first chapter: ?Wow! You should call this the TRUTH about humor!? Former Head of Counseling and Guidance, UMASS: ?I?m so glad you?re doing this, bringing it up, so humor can be talked about and explored. You really should do a monograph in a professional journal.? Biofeedback Psychotherapist: ?I really like this.? Whacky, Unconventional Doctor, of movie fame: ?What IS humor?! Who cares! Just enjoy it! ?maybe you?re whining.? Clinical Psychiatrist: ?I don?t know much theory about humor; I know the Dali Lama laughs a lot and that?s good enough for me.? Councilor General for Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Rome: ?I find that so interesting! I did my Divinity Masters Thesis on The Spirituality of Humor.? Mystery Writer: ?I didn?t read it too critically, but after I was done I felt happier?? Author of historical fiction: ?I want more, more, more!?

Kids who Laugh

How to Develop Your Child's Sense of Humor

Author: Louis R. Franzini

Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9780757000089

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 181

View: 4534

"Instilling the gift of laughter as a lifetime tool for success"--Cover.

The Psychology of Humor, An Integrative Approach

Psychology, Psychology

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1467212512

Category: Education

Page: 54

View: 4479

Facts101 is your complete guide to The Psychology of Humor, An Integrative Approach. In this book, you will learn topics such as Theories and Early Research II: Arousal, Incongruity, and Reversal The ..., The Cognitive Psychology of Humor, The Social Psychology of Humor, and The Psychobiology of Humor and Laughter plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

The anatomy of humor

biopsychosocial and therapeutic perspectives

Author: Robin Andrew Haig

Publisher: Charles C. Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 9780398054533

Category: Art

Page: 202

View: 9948


Handbook of Humor Research

Volume 1: Basic Issues

Author: P.E. McGhee,J.H. Goldstein

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461255724

Category: Psychology

Page: 252

View: 2591

About a decade ago we edited The Psychology of Humor. Besides the summary chapter and bibliography of about 400 items, the book contained eleven original papers that represented the state of knowledge at that time. We confess that it was not easy to fill that volume with first-rate contributions. In a few instances we invited contributors only on the basis of having heard through the grapevine that they were doing interesting work on humor. Our sources proved reliable and we were pleased with the results. We even made new friends as a result of these blind invitations. But the fact remains that in the early 1970s there was only a handful of social scientists studying humor and laughter. The history of humor research prior to the 1970s can also be characterized in terms of the short-term commitment to investigating humor among those who did venture out and try their hand at designing humor studies. For reasons that remain unclear, many investigators published only one or two humor studies before abandoning the area in favor of some other research domain. We have the impression that for decades social scientists have been very intrigued by the idea of studying humor. Psychologists have suspected for a long time that humor somehow is very important in the lives of people. We find laughter and humor occurring almost wherever we find people engaged in social interaction.

Der tägliche Stoiker

366 nachdenkliche Betrachtungen über Weisheit, Beharrlichkeit und Lebensstil

Author: Ryan Holiday,Stephen Hanselman

Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag

ISBN: 3960920717

Category: Self-Help

Page: 432

View: 6854

Wie findet man das wahre Glück? Wie lässt sich Erfolg wirklich bemessen? Und wie geht man mit den Herausforderungen des Alltags wie Wut, Trauer und der Frage nach dem Sinn des Ganzen um? Was große Geister wie George Washington, Friedrich der Große, Weltklassesportler oder Top-Performer längst für sich entdeckt haben, liegt mit "Der tägliche Stoiker" erstmals gesammelt vor. New York Times-Bestsellerautor Ryan Holiday und Stephen Hanselman haben das Wissen der Stoiker in 366 zeitlose Lektionen verpackt und zeigen, dass die Philosophie des Stoizismus nicht nur zeitlos, sondern gerade für unsere hektische und unsichere Zeit ein Segen ist. Weisheit, Mut, Gerechtigkeitssinn und Selbstbeherrschung sowie Gelassenheit lassen sich erlernen und helfen uns, in der zunehmenden Komplexität unserer Welt zu bestehen. Die uralten Weisheiten der Stoiker, gesammelt und kommentiert, unterstützen bei diesen alltäglichen Herausforderungen.

Komik und Humor

Psychologische-Ästhetische Untersuchung

Author: Theodor Lipps

Publisher: DE

ISBN: 8026873211

Category: Philosophy

Page: 252

View: 3963

Dieses eBook: "Komik und Humor" ist mit einem detaillierten und dynamischen Inhaltsverzeichnis versehen und wurde sorgfältig korrekturgelesen. Theodor Lipps untersucht die Wirkung und den Effekt von Komik und Humor. Theodor Lipps (1851-1914) war ein deutscher Philosoph und Psychologe des späten 19. Jahrhunderts. Er galt als einer der Hauptvertreter des Psychologismus in Deutschland und als einer der führenden Philosophen seiner Zeit. Er war Gründer des Psychologischen Institutes an der Universität München 1913. Lipps selber verstand sich als Phänomenologe.

National styles of humor

Author: Avner Ziv

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group


Category: Humor

Page: 243

View: 9119

This volume represents a first in its analysis of historical trends in the humor of eight Western countries: Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, the United States, and Yugoslavia. In each country, the authors surveyed and assessed the national humor in a way designed to facilitate comparative study. Each essay details the historical development of national humor with an emphasis on the twentieth century and contemporary trends. The survey includes traditional and popular forms of humor as well as humor in literature, the performing and visual arts, and the mass media. A bibliography suggesting materials for further study completes each chapter. Not only do the contributors present a vivid picture of traditional forms of humor such as carnivals, popular performances, and special festivities, they also examine historical changes in humor. Each author discusses the functions of humor; and as a whole, the contributors demonstrate that sexual, aggressive, social, intellectual, and defensive humor have developed differently and are appreciated differently.