An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor 

Drawing on research from a variety of psychological perspectives, from cognitive and biological to social and developmental, Janet Gibson, professor of psychology, explores factors that affect our detection, comprehension, liking, and use of humor. Throughout An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor (Routledge, 2019), Gibson explores theories and paradigms of humor, with each chapter dedicated to a distinct field of psychological research. Covering topics including humor development in children and older adults, humor’s effectiveness in advertisements, cross-cultural psychology, and humor’s functions in the workplace, Gibson addresses the challenges psychologists face in defining and studying humor despite it being a universal and often daily experience.