This blog is about the psychology of humor – a multi-paradigmatic, multi-faceted and systematic study of humor. Researchers involved in the field represent different branches of psychology: from neuropsychology and linguistics, through social, cognitive, evolutionary and developmental psychology, to the organizational psychology (and many more).
There is a multitude of theories and empirical studies centered on humor in all of these fields. Over the years, humor scholars produced an immense body of literature, but despite this fact, the psychology of humor has gone largely unnoticed in the mainstream psychology until recently (Roeckelein, 2002), and for many reasons:
One being that humor had always been treated as a frivolous and all but important phenomena, and thus per definition not fit to be even considered a subject of serious academic investigation (Martin, 2007). Another reason might be that the field is largely fragmented and the resulting lack of cooperation between the researchers did not permit to create a trend that would make it to the mainstream.
However, the situation has changed for the good. There is a multidisciplinary International Society for Humor Studies (publishing a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal); international conferences are being held around the world and several, excellent psychology textbooks have been published (Martin, 2007; Roeckelein, 2002; Chapman & Foot, 1976)
This blog’s purpose is to contribute to making humor a serious matter: popularize this field of study, serve as a starting point for students and academics interested in the field and – importantly – bring lots of fun to its author and readers along the way.