The Psychology of Humor

1st Edition

An Integrative Approach

Authors: Rod Martin
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725646
eBook ISBN: 9780080465999
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd October 2006
Page Count: 464
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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!

Key Features

Up-to-date coverage of research on humor and laughter in every area of psychology Research findings are integrated into a coherent conceptual framework Includes recent brain imaging studies, evolutionary models, and animal research Draws on contributions from sociology, linguistics, neuroscience, and anthropology Provides an overview of theories of humor and early research Explores applications of humor in psychotherapy, education, and the workplace Points out interesting topics for further research and promising research methodologies Written in a scholarly yet easily accessible style *2007 AATH Book Award for Humor/Laughter Research category


Researchers in the psychology of humor, including social, developmental, and cognitive psychologists

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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About the Author

Rod Martin

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, CANADA