The Psychology of Humor: A Reference Guide and Annotated Bibliography

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This work traces the origins and evolution of the concept of humor in psychology from ancient to modern times with an emphasis on an experimental/empirical approach to the understanding of humor and sense of humor. In addition to more than 3,000 important citations and references pertaining to the history, theories, and definitions of the concept of humor, this reference guide contains more than 380 recent (post-1970) annotated entries on the psychology of humor in its ...

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Overview

This work traces the origins and evolution of the concept of humor in psychology from ancient to modern times with an emphasis on an experimental/empirical approach to the understanding of humor and sense of humor. In addition to more than 3,000 important citations and references pertaining to the history, theories, and definitions of the concept of humor, this reference guide contains more than 380 recent (post-1970) annotated entries on the psychology of humor in its bibliographic section.

The book describes various psychological, nonpsychological, and philosophical theories and definitions of humor, and focuses on the methodological concerns of psychologists regarding the scientific investigation of humor. The bibliography is organized under 10 categories, including Bibliographies and Literature Reviews of Humor, Cognition and Humor, Methodology and Measurement of Humor, and Social Aspects of Humor.

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Finding that the psychology literature contains a huge number of studies on human, Roeckelein (psychology, Mesa Community College, Arizona) decided it was time for a review, reference, and resource about them. In addition to an annotated bibliography describing 381 published and unpublished works that appeared between 1970 and 2000, he presents essays on terminological aspects and domains of humor, origins and evolution, modern theoretical aspects, differential and functional aspects, and methodological and futuristic aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313315770
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 592
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JON E. ROECKELEIN is Professor of Psychology at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. A past Staff Intelligence Officer and research psychologist for the U.S. Army, he has taught and conducted psychological research for more than 30 years.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Terminological Aspects and Domains of Humor 9
Definitions of the Concept of Humor 9
Humor versus Wit 24
Humor and Laughter 33
Humor and Comedy 52
Humor as Satire/Irony/Sarcasm/Farce/Parody 58
Humor as Riddles/Puns/Jokes 63
Humor in Caricature/Cartoons/Comic Strips/Slapstick 69
2 Origins and Evolution of Humor 87
Ancient/Primitive Humor 87
Humor and the Early Philosophical Theories 94
Biblical and Jewish Humor 99
3 Modern Theoretical Aspects of Humor 119
Nonpsychological Theories of Humor 119
Psychological Theories of Humor 142
Summary: A Concise Dictionary of Humor Theories 191
4 Differential and Functional Aspects of Humor 227
Differences in Humor Appreciation 227
Functions of Humor 267
5 Methodological and Futuristic Aspects of Humor 367
Scientific Methodology and Humor Research 367
Measurement of Humor 397
Future Faces of Humor 419
6 Annotated Bibliography of Humor Studies in Psychology (1970-2001) 443
Aggression and Humor 444
Application of Humor 449
Bibliographies and Literature Reviews of Humor 463
Cognition and Humor 468
Humor as Comedy/Jokes/Puns/Riddles/Satire/Irony 477
Humor as Laughter and Wit 481
Individual and Group Differences in Humor 484
Methodology and Measurement of Humor 505
Nature of the Humorous Stimulus 508
Social Aspects of Humor 518
Name Index 531
Subject Index 567
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