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The Psychology of Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 464

The Psychology of Humor

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-07-27
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  • Publisher: Elsevier

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 k...

Talking as Fast as I Can
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

Talking as Fast as I Can

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again. With a new bonus chapter In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood...

Engaging Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

Engaging Humor

Elliott Oring asks essential questions concerning humorous expression in contemporary society, examining how humor works, why it is employed, and what its messages might be. This provocative book is filled with examples of jokes and riddles that reveal humor to be a meaningful--even significant--form of expression. Oring provides alternate ways of thinking about humorous expressions by examining their contexts--not just their contents. Engaging Humor demonstrates that when analyzed contextually and comparatively, humorous expressions emerge as communications that are startling, intriguing, and profound.

The Humor Code
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

The Humor Code

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist travel the globe to discover the secret behind what makes things funny, questioning countless experts, including Louis C.K., along the way.

An Anatomy of Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 211

An Anatomy of Humor

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-07-05
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Humor permeates every aspect of society and has done so for thousands of years. People experience it daily through television, newspapers, literature, and contact with others. Rarely do social researchers analyze humor or try to determine what makes it such a dominating force in our lives. The types of jokes a person enjoys contribute significantly to the definition of that person as well as to the character of a given society. Arthur Asa Berger explores these and other related topics in An Anatomy of Humor. He shows how humor can range from the simple pun to complex plots in Elizabethan plays.Berger examines a number of topics?ethnicity, race, gender, politics?each with its own comic dimens...

Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

Humor

In his earlier work the author has studied stress and the personality characteristics that protect us from its effects on health and well-being. In this new book he places humor firmly within the literatures of coping processes, the moderation of stressful experiences, and health by showing how humor can help create and encourage feelings of community, closeness, and control. Lefcourt blends empirical research with anecdotal reports in this thoughtful volume.

Work of the Wits
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 144

Work of the Wits

Excerpt from Work of the Wits: A Choice Collection of Sparkling Wit and Humor; Favorite Readings From Popular Humorists; Wit and Humor of All Nations; Miseries of Life Humorously Treated; Poetical Pleasantries; Miscellaneous Smiles; Conundrums; Etc Let us laugh as well as cry! Life is full of care, toil, and trouble, and the weary toiler's body and brain soon become exhausted under the strain: What better antidote for the ills of life than the: participa tion in a merry laugh, or in the enjoyment which comes from the reading of the humorous stories of the fun-makers. Laughter acts like a tonic upon the system, sets the blood in active circulation, and makes the gloomy heart forget its troubl...

The Game of Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 226

The Game of Humor

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-07-05
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Humor, wit, and laughter surround each person. From everyday quips to the carefully contrived comedy of literature, newspapers, and television we experience humor in many forms, yet the impetus for our laughter is far from innocuous. Misfortune, stupidity, and moral or cultural defects, however faintly revealed in others and ourselves, seem to make us laugh. Although discomforting, such negative terms as superiority, aggression, hostility, ridicule, or degradation can be applied to instances of humor. According to scholars, Thomas Hobbes's "superiority theory"?that humor arises from mischances, infirmities, and indecencies, where there is no wit at all?applies to most humor. With the excepti...

Linguistic Theories of Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 445

Linguistic Theories of Humor

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Good Humor, Bad Taste
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 301

Good Humor, Bad Taste

Good Humor, Bad Taste is the first extensive sociological study of the relationship between humor and social background. Using a combination of interview materials, survey data, and historical materials, the book explores the relationship between humor and gender, age, regional background, and especially, humor and social class in the Netherlands. The final chapter focuses on national differences, exploring the differences between the American and the Dutch sense of humor, again using a combination of interview and survey materials. The starting point for this exploration of differences in sense of humor is one specific humorous genre: the joke. The joke is not a very prestigious genre; in t...