Humor And Laughter / Edition 2

Humor And Laughter / Edition 2

by Antony J. Chapman
     
 

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

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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:
01/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface (1995)
Preface (1976)
Introduction1
1A Cognitive-Developmental Analysis of Humour11
2Incongruity, Problem-Solving and Laughter37
3Incongruity and Funniness: Towards a New Descriptive Model55
4Superiority, Enhanced Self-Esteem, and Perceived Incongruity Humour Theory63
5A Disposition Theory of Humour and Mirth93
6Physiological and Verbal Indices of Arousal in Rated Humour117
7Cognitive Aspects of Humour in Social Interaction: A Model and Some Linguistic Data139
8Social Aspects of Humorous Laughter155
9The Social Responsiveness of Young Children in Humorous Situations187
10Comedians and Comic Style215
11Humour as Creative Experience: The Development of a Hollywood Humorist245
12Calypso Humour in Trinidad259
13Wit and Humour in Mass Communication287
14Freudian Humour: The Eupsychia of Everyday Life313
15The Use and Abuse of Humour in Psychotherapy331
Index343

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