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Psychology

  • By: Rod A. Martin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Often defined as the scientific study of human behavior, psychology is a very broad discipline with a number of subfields. Psychologists employ quantitative experimental and correlational research methods to study thinking, feeling, and social behavior. Psychologists have always played a leading role in academic humor research. Many interesting questions about humor may be addressed by each of the subdisciplines of psychology, including cognitive (e.g., What are the mental processes involved in “getting a joke”?), social (e.g., What role does humor play in interpersonal relationships?), biological (e.g., What parts of the brain are involved in the enjoyment of humor?), personality (e.g., How does a sense of humor correlate with other personality traits?), developmental (e.g., What do children find funny at different stages of development?), and clinical ...

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