The Psychology of Humor

An Integrative Approach

Author: Rod A. Martin

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080465999

Category: Psychology

Page: 464

View: 9714

Research on humor is carried out in a number of areas in psychology, including the cognitive (What makes something funny?), developmental (when do we develop a sense of humor?), and social (how is humor used in social interactions?) Although there is enough interest in the area to have spawned several societies, the literature is dispersed in a number of primary journals, with little in the way of integration of the material into a book. Dr. Martin is one of the best known researchers in the area, and his research goes across subdisciplines in psychology to be of wide appeal. This is a singly authored monograph that provides in one source, a summary of information researchers might wish to know about research into the psychology of humor. The material is scholarly, but the presentation of the material is suitable for people unfamiliar with the subject-making The Psychology of Humor suitable for use for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses on the psychology of humor-which have not had a textbook source. 2007 AATH Book Award for Humor/Laughter Research category! Up-to-date coverage of research on humor and laughter in every area of psychology Research findings are integrated into a coherent conceptual framework Includes recent brain imaging studies, evolutionary models, and animal research Draws on contributions from sociology, linguistics, neuroscience, and anthropology Provides an overview of theories of humor and early research Explores applications of humor in psychotherapy, education, and the workplace Points out interesting topics for further research and promising research methodologies Written in a scholarly yet easily accessible style 2007 AATH Book Award for Humor/Laughter Research category

The Psychology of humor

Author: N.A

Publisher: Einstein's Design - mystery

ISBN: 9781599711706


Page: N.A

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The Psychology of Humor

A Reference Guide and Annotated Bibliography

Author: Jon E. Roeckelein

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313315770


Page: 579

View: 1050

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: 160

View: 5968

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: 6302

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: 6093

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.

An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor

Author: Janet M. Gibson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429671369

Category: Psychology

Page: 262

View: 6758

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, cross-cultural psychology and humor’s functions in the workplace, 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: 7386

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

The Psychology of Humor, An Integrative Approach

Psychology, Psychology

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1467212512

Category: Education

Page: 54

View: 6441

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.

Tickles 'n Tears

The Psychology of Humor

Author: Spec

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781490766737

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 280

View: 7458

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!?

The Psychology of Military Humour

Author: J. Nazareth

Publisher: Lancer International Lancer Press


Category: History

Page: 243

View: 5609

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.

Humor and Laughter

Theory, Research and Applications

Author: Hugh Foot

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351514202

Category: Psychology

Page: 348

View: 9188

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.

Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewußten

Author: Sigmund Freud

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3947618123

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 9234

»Wer einmal Anlaß gehabt hat, sich in der Literatur bei Ästhetikern und Psychologen zu erkundigen, welche Aufklärung über Wesen und Beziehungen des Witzes gegeben werden kann, der wird wohl zugestehen müssen, daß die philosophische Bemühung dem Witz lange nicht in dem Maße zuteil geworden ist, welches er durch seine Rolle in unserem Geistesleben verdient. Man kann nur eine geringe Anzahl von Denkern nennen, die sich eingehender mit den Problemen des Witzes beschäftigt haben. Allerdings finden sich unter den Bearbeitern des Witzes die glänzenden Namen des Dichters Jean Paul (Fr. Richter) und der Philosophen Th. Vischer, Kuno Fischer und Th. Lipps; aber auch bei diesen Autoren steht das Thema des Witzes im Hintergrunde, während das Hauptinteresse der Untersuchung dem umfassenderen und anziehenderen Probleme des Komischen zugewendet ist. ... Die Lust des Witzes schien uns aus erspartem Hemmungsaufwand hervorzugehen, die der Komik aus erspartem Vorstellungs(Besetzungs)aufwand und die des Humors aus erspartem Gefühlsaufwand. In allen drei Arbeitsweisen unseres seelischen Apparats stammt die Lust von einer Ersparung; alle drei kommen darin überein, daß sie Methoden darstellen, um aus der seelischen Tätigkeit eine Lust wiederzugewinnen, welche eigentlich erst durch die Entwicklung dieser Tätigkeit verlorengegangen ist. Denn die Euphorie, welche wir auf diesen Wegen zu erreichen streben, ist nichts anderes als die Stimmung einer Lebenszeit, in welcher wir unsere psychische Arbeit überhaupt mit geringem Aufwand zu bestreiten pflegten, die Stimmung unserer Kindheit, in der wir das Komische nicht kannten, des Witzes nicht fähig waren und den Humor nicht brauchten, um uns im Leben glücklich zu fühlen.« [Sigmund Freud] Inhalt: A. Analytischer Teil: I. Einleitung | II. Die Technik des Witzes | III. Die Tendenzen des Witzes | B. Synthetischer Teil: IV. Der Lustmechanismus und die Psychogenese des Witzes | V. Die Motive des Witzes. Der Witz als sozialer Vorgang | C. Theoretischer Teil: VI. Die Beziehung des Witzes zum Traum und zum Unbewußten | VII. Der Witz und die Arten des Komischen.

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: 9392

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.

The anatomy of humor

biopsychosocial and therapeutic perspectives

Author: Robin Andrew Haig

Publisher: Charles C. Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 9780398054533

Category: Art

Page: 202

View: 9192


The Primer of Humor Research

Author: Victor Raskin

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110198495

Category: Humor

Page: 679

View: 650

The book is intended to provide a definitive view of the field of humor research for both beginning and established scholars in a variety of fields who are developing an interest in humor and need to familiarize themselves with the available body of knowledge. Each chapter of the book is devoted to an important aspect of humor research or to a disciplinary approach to the field, and each is written by the leading expert or emerging scholar in that area. There are two primary motivations for the book. The positive one is to collect and summarize the impressive body of knowledge accumulated in humor research in and around Humor: The International Journal of Humor Research. The negative motivation is to prevent the embarrassment to and from the "first-timers," often established experts in their own field, who venture into humor research without any notion that there already exists a body of knowledge they need to acquire before publishing anything on the subject-unless they are in the business of reinventing the wheel and have serious doubts about its being round! The organization of the book reflects the main groups of scholars participating in the increasingly popular and high-powered humor research movement throughout the world, an 800 to 1,000-strong contingent, and growing. The chapters are organized along the same lines: History, Research Issues, Main Directions, Current Situation, Possible Future, Bibliography-and use the authors' definitive credentials not to promote an individual view, but rather to give the reader a good comprehensive and condensed view of the area.

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: 9511

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