The universality of smile and laughter

Some years ago, I was hitchhiking with friends in rural Serbia and we were a little lost. I approached an elderly man sitting on his porch, just off the road, to ask for directions. He did not seem happy about it, but I did not have a choice: ‘Excuse me sir, do you speak English?’ Slowly but decisively, he turned his head side to side and uttered a short ‘no.’ I tried Spanish: ‘¿Habla usted Español?’ Same answer, this time entirely muted. I kept on going, naming every language one of my friends or I knew: ‘Govorish po-ruski?’, ‘Deutsch?’, ‘Italliano?’, ‘Polski?’ Nothing, nada, Nichst… Despite my polyglottic show-off, we were unable to communicate. ‘Parlez-vous français?’ he shouted out suddenly. I had listed almost all main European languag...

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RADIO: Short interview on humor

Couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by a Danish journalist-duo from London, aka The Stray Dogs. They have quite an interesting blog, especially for Londoners, where they share stray stories from “walking the streets of London, sniffing around, nose to the ground (…), often with a Danish angle.” They also run a radio show as part of the blog (thanks to the courtesy of the London Fields Radio) and it was there I was interviewed about the origins and functions of humor, gender differences and the possibility to learn how to be funny. You can listen to my part of the interview below:   Visit the Stray Dogs blog to hear the whol show at www.thestrays.co.uk...

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VIDEO: my lecture on humor in organizational context

I bet that most of you do not think of Finland as the European vanguard when it comes to humor, but you would be surprised what goes on in Oulu, 170 km (approx. 100 miles) from the Arctic Circle: The Oulu University of Applied Sciences together with the Oulu Business School are leading a whole R&D project dedicated to humor. The HURMOS project, as it is called, is exploring “humor as a strategic tool for creating innovative business”. In the project, a team of researchers and PhD students from the two universities works closely with the local companies gathering data and aims at increasing their competence in the strategic use of humor. I was invited to give a lecture on humor research, theory and consultative practice relev...

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Events

Conferences, open courses, summer schools and other humor psychology events about to happen:

SYMPOSIUM: The Power of Ridicule: Humour and Laughter in Cultural Perspective – Helsinki, Finland, 25th to 26th of October.

Humor: The Power & Purpose of Play, AATH Annual Conference – Holiday Inn Orlando-Disney Springs, Florida USA, 27th to 30th of April, 2017.

2017 International Society for Humor Studies Conference – Montreal, Canada, 10th to 14th of July, 2017.