The Psychology of Humor: An Integrative Approach, Second Edition, reviews existing literature, integrating diverse findings from subdisciplines in psychology, anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics and sociology. The book defines humor, presents theories of humor and analyzes research findings. Coverage includes the cognitive processes involved in humor, as well as the effects of humor on cognition, the neurobiology of humor, the social functions of humor, individual differences in personality and humor, the development of humor and use over the lifespan, the association of humor with both physical and mental health, and applications of humor use in psychotherapy, education and the workplace.
- Covers research on humor and laughter in every area of psychology
- Integrates research findings into a coherent, conceptual framework
- Includes recent brain imaging studies, evolutionary models and animal research
- Draws on contributions from sociology, linguistics, neuroscience and anthropology
- Explores applications of humor in psychotherapy, education and the workplace
- Presents information in a scholarly yet accessible style
1. Introduction to the Psychology of Humor 2. Classic Theories and Early Research 3. Personality Approaches to the Study of Humor 4. The Cognitive Psychology of Humor 5. The Social Psychology of Humor 6. The Psychobiology of Humor and Laughter 7. The Developmental Psychology of Humor 8. Humor and Mental Health 9. Humor and Physical Health 10. Applications of Humor in Psychotherapy, Education, and the Workplace
Dr. Rod Martin completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1984. He subsequently worked as a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario until his retirement in July, 2016, and is now a Professor Emeritus. While at Western, he served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Program for many years. A major focus of his research has been on the psychology of humor, particularly as it relates to psychological health and well-being. He has also conducted research on depression, Type A personality, and the effects of stress on immunity. He has authored more than 100 scholarly journal articles, books, and book chapters, including The Psychology of Humor: An Integrative Approach. He has developed several tests for measuring aspects of the sense of humor, which have been translated into numerous languages and have been used by researchers around the world. He has presented his research at conferences in numerous countries, and his research has been featured in national and international newspaper and magazine articles and radio and television programs. He has served as President and as a board member of the International Society for Humor Studies and for many years was a member of the editorial board of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. He and his wife have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Thomas Ford completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Maryland in 1992. Upon graduation, he worked as a professor of social psychology at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University before joining the Department of Psychology at Western Carolina University in 2007. Dr. Ford has served as the director of the general-experimental psychology master's program at Western Carolina University since 2013. His research interests include the role of disparagement humor in promoting expressions of prejudice and the relationship between humor and subjective well-being. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters that have been featured in radio and television programs and on-line news outlets. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. He and his wife, Wendy, have two adult children, Nancy and Tyler.