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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VIDEO: keynote speech on humor in cross-cultural interactions

I was invited to do a keynote speech on humor for a crowd of researchers and practitioners working with cross-cultural themes during the 14th annual IACCM conference in Vienna, Austria. I titled the speech “Humor in cross-cultural interaction: Are we having a laugh?” partially to reflect the complexity of humor in cross-cultural context, partially to remind myself that the audience will probably expect some good ol’ funny bits in the speech — not only research and theories. As E. B. White noted once, in what since became the most used quote in relation to humor research, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” And we, humor scholars, often tend to ov...

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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.