The Humor Profiler project: Help in research and get a chance to win a book!

Do you feel like answering a couple of questions about your humor preferences? Would you like to help developing an instrument that will help teams use humor more and better? Do you want to get a chance to win one of 10 copies of “Humor Code” by Peter McGraw and Joel Werner? If you answered “yes”, “maybe” or “African swallow” to any of these questions – read on or jump straight to the questions:   Background Work is not always fun, but the common knowledge and scientific research alike tell us that good humor is crucial for good collaboration. At the same time, humor is not an easy animal to tame and it often becomes the “elephant in the room” in many organizations, groups and teams. Together with i...

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A short essay on why rating funniness can kill the fun

Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python, recounts an episode related to the test screening of the group’s first feature film, none other than Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The test-audience had been warned that the creators wanted to check if the movie was funny before they ship it off to the movie theaters. Result? They laughed for only about five minutes and concluded that the film was “all right”.   “All right”? Just “all right”? This?! Are you deaf and blind?!   Although worried by this cold reception, the crew sent the feature to a movie festival in L.A., where the viewers were self-selected and had to pay to get the tickets and… laughed a great deal throughout the movie. *** In my first piece of...

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Call for papers on humor in organizational & work setting!

If you’re working on a research or theoretical paper on humor in organizational setting (related to organizational culture, leader/follower relationship, innovation, creativity, branding, marketing, etc.) and haven’t yet thought were to present it, here’s your chance: the 23rd Nordic Academy of Management Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, will feature an entire track dedicated to humor! It is Track 3 and it is titled: Humor, joy, and fun in and around organizations and the organizers “encourage researchers to investigate the potential, different aspects, and even risks related to using and utilizing humour, both in and around organizations and organizational relationships.” Furthermore it reads: “We are...

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

Humor workshop – Introducing a New Dimension in Cross-Cultural Consultancy: Humor – at the SIETAR Euorope Congress, 23rd of May, 2015, ADEIT, Valencia, Spain

AATH Annual Conference – Stayin’ Alive: Keeping Your Brain Healthy & Active With Humor! – 28th to 31st May, 2015, Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2015 International Humor Conference – of the International Society for Humor Studies  – 29th of June to 3rd of July, 2015, Oakland, CA, USA