The Psychology of Humor: An Integrative Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

Most of us laugh at something funny multiple times during a typical day. Humor serves multiple purposes and though there is a sizable and expanding research literature on the subject, the research is spread in a variety of disciplines. Until now there has been no systematic integration of that literature into a single book. The Psychology of Humor reviews the literature, integrating disperse findings from across subdisciplines in psychology, as well as related fields such as anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, and sociology. The book begins by defining humor, followed by a discussion of theories of humor, and then begins analyzing research findings from the various subdisciplines in psychology. Coverage includes the cognitive processes involved in humor, as well as the effects of humor on cognition, the neurobiology of humor, the social functions of humor, individual differences in personality and humor, the development of humor understanding and use over the lifespan, the association of humor with both physical and mental health, and applications of humor use in psychotherapy, education, and the workplace.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123725646
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod A. Martin has been a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario since 1984. Much of his research has focused on the role of humor in mental and physical health, and he has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters in this area. He is currently president of the International Society for Humor Studies and is on the editorial board of the society’s journal. His research has been featured in numerous national and international newspaper and magazine articles and radio and television programs.
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Table of Contents

Preliminary TOC

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Psychology of Humor
Chapter 2 Theories and Early Research I: Psychoanalytic and Superiority Theories
Chapter 3 Theories and Early Research II: Arousal, Incongruity, and Reversal Theories
Chapter 4 The Cognitive Psychology of Humor
Chapter 5 The Social Psychology of Humor
Chapter 6 The Psychobiology of Humor and Laughter
Chapter 7 Personality Approaches to Sense of Humor
Chapter 8 The Developmental Psychology of Humor
Chapter 9 Humor and Mental Health
Chapter 10 Humor, Laughter, and Physical Health
Chapter 11 Applications of Humor to Psychotherapy, Education, and the Workplace

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