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.

chapter |7 pages


ByAntony J. Chapman, Hugh C. Foot

section I|234 pages

Perceiving and Responding to Humour

chapter 1|26 pages

A Cognitive-Developmental Analysis of Humour

ByThomas R. Shultz

chapter 2|18 pages

Incongruity Problem-Solving and Laughter

ByMary K. Rothbart

chapter 3|8 pages

Incongruity and Funniness: Towards a New Descriptive Model

ByGöran Nerhardt

chapter 4|29 pages

Superiority, Enhanced Self-Esteem, and Perceived Incongruity Humour Theory

ByLawrence La Fave, Jay Haddad, William A. Maesen

chapter 5|23 pages

A Disposition Theory of Humour and Mirth

ByDolf Zillmann, Joanne R. Cantor

chapter 6|22 pages

Physiological and Verbal Indices of Arousal in Rated Humour

ByMichael Godkewitsch

chapter 7|16 pages

Cognitive Aspects of Humour in Social Interaction: A Model and Some Linguistic Data

ByHoward Giles, Richard Y. Bourhis, Nicholas J. Gadfield, Graham J. Davies, Ann P. Davies

chapter 8|31 pages

Social Aspects of Humorous Laughter

ByAntony J. Chapman

chapter 9|28 pages

The Social Responsiveness of Young Children in Humorous Situations

ByHugh C. Foot, Antony J. Chapman

chapter 10|28 pages

Comedians and Comic Style

ByHoward R. Pollio, John W. Edgerly

section II|99 pages

Using Humour

chapter 11|14 pages

Humour as a Creative Experience: The Development of a Hollywood Humorist 1

ByWilliam F. Fry, Melanie Allen

chapter 12|28 pages

Calypso Humour in Trinidad 1

ByJames M. Jones, Hollis V. Liverpool

chapter 13|25 pages

Wit and Humour in Mass Communication

ByCharles R. Gruner

chapter 14|17 pages

Freudian Humour: The Eupsychia of Everyday Life

ByWalter E. O’Connell

chapter 15|11 pages

The Use and Abuse of Humour in Psychotherapy

ByHarvey Mindess