The Psychology of Humor

The Psychology of Humor : An Integrative Approach

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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 Psychology of Humor 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 198 x 244 x 28mm | 961.61g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 012372564X
  • 9780123725646
  • 543,260

Table of contents

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 the Sense of Humor

Chapter 8: The Developmental Psychology of Humor

Chapter 9: Humor and Mental Health

Chapter 10: Humor and Physical Health

Chapter 11: Applications of Humor in Psychotherapy, Education, and the Workplace



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About Rod A. 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.
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