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

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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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Don’t be a stranger – have a laugh!

Whom do you laugh with more – friends or strangers? People you know well and share a history with or, for example, random commuters with whom all you share is a crowded bus? Unless you are a stand-up comedian, professional clown or suffer from pseudobulbar affect, you have probably answered that you LOL and ROTFL less with strangers. But, do you, really? In a study by Vettin and Todt (2004), the researchers observed no differences between how much laughter emerged between friends or strangers. On average, they recorded 5.8 instances of laughter for every 10 minutes of conversation (which is, accidently, much more than previous self-reported studies suggested[1] (Martin 2007). Now, although the study did not investigate whether the observed...

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

4th LAFAL Symposium – at the University of Łódź, Poland, 17th-18th March, 2016

The Science of Laughter + Panel Discussion – at the Barbican Cinema, London, 8:30 PM, 28th of April, 2016

2016 International Society for Humor Studies Conference – at the Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 27th June to 1st July, 2016

16th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications – Brașov, Romania, 4th to 9th of July.