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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560008378
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Chapman is dean of science at Leeds University in England. His books include Models of Man, Psychology and Social Problems, and Elements of Applied Psychology.

Peter Derks is professor of psychology at the College of William and Mary and is on the executive board of the International Society for Humor Studies.

Hugh Foot is professor and head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He is a fellow of the British Psychological Society and a chartered psychologist. He has written articles for numerous journals, including Ergonomics, British Journal of Psychology, Psychology Today, and Educational Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface (1995)
Preface (1976)
Introduction 1
1 A Cognitive-Developmental Analysis of Humour 11
2 Incongruity, Problem-Solving and Laughter 37
3 Incongruity and Funniness: Towards a New Descriptive Model 55
4 Superiority, Enhanced Self-Esteem, and Perceived Incongruity Humour Theory 63
5 A Disposition Theory of Humour and Mirth 93
6 Physiological and Verbal Indices of Arousal in Rated Humour 117
7 Cognitive Aspects of Humour in Social Interaction: A Model and Some Linguistic Data 139
8 Social Aspects of Humorous Laughter 155
9 The Social Responsiveness of Young Children in Humorous Situations 187
10 Comedians and Comic Style 215
11 Humour as Creative Experience: The Development of a Hollywood Humorist 245
12 Calypso Humour in Trinidad 259
13 Wit and Humour in Mass Communication 287
14 Freudian Humour: The Eupsychia of Everyday Life 313
15 The Use and Abuse of Humour in Psychotherapy 331
Index 343
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