The Psychology of Humor, 1st Edition

An Integrative Approach

The Psychology of Humor, 1st Edition,Rod Martin,ISBN9780123725646


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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


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!


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

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

The Psychology of Humor, 1st Edition

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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