It's a Funny Thing, Humour

It's a Funny Thing, Humour

Proceedings of The International Conference on Humour and Laughter 1976

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Editors: Antony J. Chapman, Hugh C. Foot
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158259

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It's a Funny Thing, Humour contains the papers presented at the International Conference on Humor and Laughter, held in Cardiff in July 1976. The symposium provides a platform from which authors from different professional and personal background can talk about their own definition and analysis of humor. The book is structured into 10 main sections that reflect the structure of the conference and presents various studies and research on the nature of humor and laughter. Contributions range from theoretical discussions to practical and experimental expositions. Topics on the psychoanalytical theory of humor and laughter; the nature and analysis of jokes; cross-cultural research of humor; mirth measurement; and humor as a tool of learning are some of the topics covered in the symposium. Psychologists, sociologists, teachers, communication experts, psychiatrists, and people who are curious to know more about humor and laughter will find the book very interesting and highly amusing.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    I. Essays on the Nature of Humor, Laughter and Comedy

    If Hamlet Had a Sense of Humor

    The Psychoanalytic Theory of Humor and Laughter

    Humor as a Tool of Social Interaction

    American Humor and the Spirit of the Times

    The Appeasement Function of Mirthful Laughter

    A Model of the Origins and Early Development of Incongruity-Based Humor

    Elephants and Marshmallows: A Theoretical Synthesis of Incongruity Resolution and Arousal Theories of Humor

    Cognitive and Disparagement Theories of Humor: A Theoretical and Empirical Synthesis

    Operationalization of Incongruity in Humor Research: A Critique and Suggestions

    Humor as a Form of Social Control: A Deviance Approach

    Black Humor in the Modern Cartoon

    Verbal Jokes as De-transformed Utterances and as Speech Acts

    The Psycho-Logic of Political Humor

    The Great Screen Clowns and the Development of World Cinema

    The Art of Revue: Further Emphases for the Psychology of Humor

    II. Approaches to the Study of Humor

    Psychological Approaches to the Study of Humor

    Humor and the Theory of Psychological Reversals

    Some Characteristics of Resting Respiration as Predictors of Laughter

    Mirth Measurement: A New Technique

    The Logic of Humor and the Humor in logic

    From Joseph Grimaldi to Charlie Cairoli: A Semiotic Approach to Humor

    Comic Mythos and Children's Literature - Or, out of the Frying Pan and into the Pyre

    Approaches to the Study of Humor: Discussion

    III. Humor as a Form of Therapy

    Humor As a Form of Therapy: Introduction to Symposium

    The Essential Ambiguity Of, and in, Humor

    The Sense of Humor: Actualizer of Persons and Theories

    The Use of Jokes in Psychotherapy

    The Place of Humor in Adult Psychotherapy

    Humor, Irony and Self-Detachment

    The Use and Abuse of Humor in the World of the Family: Current Trends in America

    Humor in Psychotherapy

    IV. Cross-cultural Humor

    Cross-Cultural Research: Humor Here and There

    A Cross-Cultural Study of the Structure of Humor

    Magnificent Liars: Exaggeration in American Humor

    Play and Ritual: Complementary Frames of Meta-Communication

    Social Occasions for Joking: A Cross-Cultural Study

    V. Children's Humor

    Children's Humor: A Review of Current Research Trends

    Measuring Effects of Incongruity and Resolution in Children's Humor

    Humor in Children Related to Piaget's Theory of Intellectual Development

    Birth Order and Humor Responsiveness in Young Children

    A Developmental Analysis of Children's Favorite Jokes

    Developmental Levels in Explanations of Humor From Childhood to Late Adolescence

    Comprehension and Emotional Adhesion in the Genetics of Humor

    Children's Humor: Discussion

    VI. Ethnic Humor

    Ethnic Humor: From Paradoxes Towards Principles

    Context and Ethnic Humor in Intergroup Relations

    The Mass Media and the Functions of Ethnic Humor in a Racist Society

    Vicarious Superiority, Injustice, and Aggression in Humor: The Role of the Playful 'Judgmental Set'

    Ethnic Humor is No Joke

    Ethnic Humor as a Function of Social-Normative Incongruity and Ego-Involvement

    An Irony of Irony: The Left-Handed Insult in Intra-group Humor

    Ethnic Humor: Discussion

    VII. Humor and Communication

    Humor and Communication: Introduction

    Tendentious Humor in the Mass Media

    The Changing Stereotype of the Welsh in English Jokes

    Humor In Situ: The Role of Humor in Small Group Culture

    Development Aspects of Humor and Laughter in Young Adolescent Girls

    Tracking the Intractable - The Analysis of Humor in the Study of Value Systems

    Degree of Hostility in Squelches as a Factor in Humor Appreciation

    The Function of Humor in the Classroom

    Humor and Communication: Discussion

    VIII. Individual Differences in Humor

    Individual Differences, Personality and Humor Appreciation: Introduction to Symposium

    Conceptual Tempo as an Individual Difference Variable in Children's Humor Development

    Ecological Determinants of Gleeful Behaviors in Two Nursery School Environments

    Sex Differences in Children's Responses to Humor

    Sex-Role Attitudes, Sex Differences, and Comedians' Sex

    Female Responses to Chauvinist Humor

    A Genetic Analysis of Humor Preferences

    Individual Differences in Humor: Discussion

    IX. The World of Comedy

    The World of Comedy: Introduction to Symposium

    Laughter and 3oking - The Structural Axis

    A Structural Approach to Humor in Farce

    Uses and Abuses of Canned Laughter

    Funny Ha Ha or Funny Peculiar

    Humor as a System of Communication

    X. Further Studies on Humor and Laughter

    Favorite Jokes of Children and Their Dynamic Relation to Intra-Familial Conflicts

    Humor and Fairy Tales: Quests for Wider Worlds

    Nonverbal Communication Among Friends and Strangers Sharing Humor

    The Effects of Humor on the Flow of Social Conversation

    Suppression of Adult Laughter: An Experimental Approach

    Sex Differences in Humor Appreciation: A Question of Conformity?

    Teasing and Joking in Isolated Societies

    Environmental Conditions Affecting the Humor Response: Developmental Trends

    Vulgarity in Humor

    The Measurement of Humor Appreciation

    An Anatomical and Psychological Examination of Eye-Pouches

    Perception of Computer-Drawn Animated-Movie Smiles

    Perception of Equally-Different Computer-Drawn Mirth-Like Schematic Faces

    Laughter in the Basement

    A Designed Locale for Laughter to Reinforce Community Bonds

    Culture Bias in Attitudes to Humor

    The Fool and His World, as Exemplified in the Fool of the Tarot Pack

    Humor Among the Au Pairs

    Humor and the Deprived Child

    Humor as a Facilitator of Learning in Primary School Children

    XI. Humor, Laughter and Comedy: A Bibliography of Empirical and Non-empirical Analyses in the English Language


    XII. Conference Contributors

Product details

  • No. of pages: 526
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483158259

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Antony J. Chapman

Hugh C. Foot

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