The Psychology of Humor

An Integrative Approach


  • Rod Martin, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, CANADA

Research on humor is carried out in a number of areas in psychology, including the cognitive (What makes something funny?), developmental (when do we develop a sense of humor?), and social (how is humor used in social interactions?) Although there is enough interest in the area to have spawned several societies, the literature is dispersed in a number of primary journals, with little in the way of integration of the material into a book. Dr. Martin is one of the best known researchers in the area, and his research goes across subdisciplines in psychology to be of wide appeal. This is a singly authored monograph that provides in one source, a summary of information researchers might wish to know about research into the psychology of humor. The material is scholarly, but the presentation of the material is suitable for people unfamiliar with the subject-making the book suitable for use for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses on the psychology of humor-which have not had a textbook source.2007 AATH Book Award for Humor/Laughter Research category!
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Researchers in the psychology of humor, including social, developmental, and cognitive psychologists


Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-372564-6

Table of Contents

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