The Psychology Of Humor: An Integrative Approach

Hardcover | October 2, 2006

byRod A. MartinEditorRod A. Martin

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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.

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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 dispe...

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Most of us laugh at something funny multiple times during a typical day. Humor serves multiple purposes and though there is a sizable and expanding research literature on the subject, the research is spread in a variety of disciplines. Until now there has been no systematic integration of that literature into a single book.The Psycholo...

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 Hum...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:446 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 2, 2006Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:012372564X

ISBN - 13:9780123725646

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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