Social Studies

The Mysteries of Humor

In this course we will examine theories surrounding why humans developed humor, whether we are the only species who has it, and why humor does more than meets the eye
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I have an extensive background in this topic that comes from research I did as a graduate student which specialized in nonverbal communication, specifically humor and gesture. I feel the study of humor is absolutely fascinating and I think your child will too!
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Source Material:

Bainum, C. K., Lounsbury, K. R., & Pollio, H. R. (1984). ‘The development of laughing and smiling in nursery school children’, Child Development 55(5): 1946–1957

Martin, R. A. (2007). The Psychology of Humor: An Integrative Approach. Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic Press.
Ziv, A. (2010). ‘The Social Function of Humor in Interpersonal Relationships’, Society 47: 11-18

Shultz, T.R (1976). ‘A cognitive-developmental analysis of humor’. In A. J Chapman & H. C Foot (eds.) Humor and laughter: Theory, research and applications. London: John Wiley & Songs, pp.11-36. 

Davila-Ross, M., Jesus, G., Osborne, J., & Bard, K. A. (2015). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) Produce the Same Types of 'Laugh Faces' when They Emit Laughter and when They Are Silent. PloS One, 10(6), e0127337–e0127337.

Bainum, C. K., Lounsbury, K. R., & Pollio, H. R. (1984). ‘The development of laughing and smiling in nursery school children’, Child Development 55(5): 1946–1957

Miles, T. (2014). ‘No greater foe? Rethinking emotion and humour, with particular attention to the relationship between audience members and stand-up comedians’, Comedy Studies 5(1): 12-19.

Coser, R. L. (1960). ‘Laughter among Colleagues’, Psychiatry 23(1): 81-95.

Matwick, Keri and Kelsi Matwick.  Self-deprecatory humor on TV cooking shows. Language and Communication [online]. September 2017, vol. 56. 33-41 [viewed 1 May 2018].  Available from: doi: 10.1016/j.langcom.2017.04.005

Stewart, Patrick A.  The influence of Self- and other-deprecatory humor on presidential candidate evaluation during 2008 US election. Social Science Information [online]. May 2011, vol.  50(2). 201-222 [viewed 1 May 2018]. Available from: doi: 10.1177/0539018410396616

Zajdman, Anat. Humorous face-threatening acts: Humor as strategy. Journal of Pragmatics [online]. March 1995, vol. 23(3). 325-339 [viewed 9 May 2018]. Available from: doi:10.1016/0378-2166(94)00038-G


Jacqueline, M.A.Former elementary/middle school teacher; Japanese language tutor; Masters in Applied Linguistics
87 total reviews
38 completed classes

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Hi, I'm Jacqueline and thanks for visiting my profile! I have been heavily steeped in both Japanese language and culture for over 20 years. Graduating with honors, I have a BA in East Asian Studies and two minors in Japanese... 
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