Ability to Identify Genuine Laughter Transcends Culture

People across cultures and continents are largely able to tell the difference between a fake laugh and a real one. More

  • Laugh it up! Humor is universal across human cultures — and fuels psychological research on everything from social perception to emotion regulation. More

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    The Science of Humor Is No Laughing Matter

    Laugh it up! Humor is universal across human cultures — and fuels psychological research on everything from social perception to emotion regulation. More

  • Naïve participants were highly accurate at judging an individual’s social rank just by listening to their laughter. More

    Laughter Conveys Social Status

    Naïve participants were highly accurate at judging an individual’s social rank just by listening to their laughter. More

  • Mankind has endured no greater tragedy than the Holocaust, but that hasn’t stopped comedians from joking about it over the years, nor audiences from laughing. Take a classic 2004 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the comedy series by Larry David, that centers on a Holocaust survivor named Solly. One night More

    Awfully Funny

    Mankind has endured no greater tragedy than the Holocaust, but that hasn’t stopped comedians from joking about it over the years, nor audiences from laughing. Take a classic 2004 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the comedy series by Larry David, that centers on a Holocaust survivor named Solly. One night More

  • Research has pinpointed a sweet spot in comedy – you have to get the right mix between how bad something is and how distant it is to garner laughs rather than boos. More

    Too Soon? Too Late? Psychological Distance Matters When It Comes to Humor

    Research has pinpointed a sweet spot in comedy – you have to get the right mix between how bad something is and how distant it is to garner laughs rather than boos. More

  • Thinking about spicing up your next empirical article with a catchy title? Results from two studies show how a humorous title might affect the impact of your paper. More

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    Do Funny Article Titles Garner More Citations?

    Thinking about spicing up your next empirical article with a catchy title? Results from two studies show how a humorous title might affect the impact of your paper. More

  • Humor may actually help people persevere in completing arduous tasks, researchers have found. More

    The Energizing Effect of Humor

    Humor may actually help people persevere in completing arduous tasks, researchers have found. More

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