Australasian Humour Studies Network Seminar: Humour and Positive Psychology, Melbourne – School of Literature, Art and Media Australasian Humour Studies Network Seminar: Humour and Positive Psychology, Melbourne – School of Literature, Art and Media

Australasian Humour Studies Network Seminar: Humour and Positive Psychology, Melbourne

Australasian Humour Studies Network Seminar: Humour and Positive Psychology, Melbourne

The Australasian Humour Studies Network will host an afternoon seminar at RMIT University from 2.00pm on 22 July 2019 at which Professor Willibald Ruch and Dr Sonja Heintz from the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich will present some current research on humour and its links with positive psychology.

Professor Ruch is a past President of the International Society of Humor Studies, and he and Dr Heintz have collaborated on several recent humour studies and articles. Courtesy of Assoc. Prof. Kerry Mullan, AHSN Review Panel member, who is kindly hosting the event, light refreshments will be served. Entry is free but please indicate your intention to attend, for booking and catering purposes, by emailing Bruce.

The event will be chaired by Dr Bruce Findlay, founding Chair of the AHSN Review Panel (and Member of the Order of the Jessters). For more information and to indicate attendance, please contact Bruce.

Time: 2pm

Place: RMIT University Building 37, Level 3, Room 04

Directions: 411 Swanston Street (between Little La Trobe St. and A’Beckett St, just north of Melbourne Central train station and just south of the RMIT University tram stop). Look for event signs inside the building. View city campus map.

Program

14.00: Welcome by Dr Bruce Findlay
14.10: Presentations by Prof. Dr Willibald Ruch and Dr Sonja Heintz followed by discussion (see details below)
16.10: Vote of thanks: Dr Bruce Findlay – Refreshments served
16.30: Close

Presentations:

Willibald Ruch: Current research on laughter, gelotophobia, cheerfulness, and humour interventions

This talk gives an overview on current research on laughter, gelotophobia, cheerfulness, and humour interventions as well as their practical implications. The talk covers research published in recent special issues on humour “Humor and Laughter, Playfulness and Cheerfulness: Upsides and Downsides to a Life of Lightness” as well as yet unpublished research conducted at the University of Zurich. Specific topics include laughter and smiling in positive emotions; lexical categories of laughter; comparisons of individuals with and without gelotophobia (i.e. the fear of being laughed at) in reactions towards emotions; the English version of the State-Trait Cheerfulness Inventory; the 7 Humour Habits Program to foster one’s sense of humour; humour-based positive psychology interventions; categories of class clowns; and impacts of clinic clowns.

Willibald Ruch is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. His research interests are in the field of personality and assessment, with a special focus on humour and laughter, cheerfulness, and smiling. In his doctoral dissertation at the University of Graz (Austria) in 1980, he developed a taxonomy of jokes and cartoons and studied their relation to personality. His more recent work, together with his research team at the University of Zurich, includes humour from a positive psychology perspective; the effectiveness of humour training programs and clown interventions; the ability to laugh at oneself; the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia); and the measurement of humour. He is a past President of the International Society for Humour Studies.

Sonja Heintz: An update on individual differences and measurement of humour

This talk presents new directions in how people differ in their appreciation and production of humor and in how humour can be measured, based on both published literature as well as yet unpublished research conducted at the University of Zurich. This includes self-report questionnaires that assess “humour styles” or “comic styles” as different expressions of humour in our everyday lives. Advancements include the validation of the Humor Styles Questionnaire (Martin et al., 2003) with different measurement methods, which showed that the self-defeating humour style might not be maladaptive after all, but might rather relate to higher well-being for oneself and one’s relationships. Furthermore, the Humorous Behaviour Q-Sort Deck (Craik et al., 1996) has been recently employed to derive general dimensions of humorous conduct, including entertaining, mean-spirited/earthy, ineptness, and reflective/benign humour as well as canned humour and laughter. Several new constructs and scales have been introduced into the literature on individual differences in humor, labeled “comic styles”: Fun, benevolent humour, nonsense, wit, irony, satire/corrective humour, sarcasm, and cynicism. Two of these styles, benevolent and corrective humor, have also been investigated in cross-cultural comparisons. Finally, advancements in the area of behavioural measurement of humour appreciation and humour production (i.e., having participants react to humorous stimuli such as jokes and cartoons) will be presented and discussed.

Sonja Heintz is a senior research and teaching assistant at the Department of Psychology at the University of Zürich in Switzerland. Her main research interests in humour are individual differences (humour and comic styles, dimensions of the sense of humour), measurement (humour questionnaires and humour-related behaviours), and positive psychology (relationships of humour with character strengths and well-being, virtuous forms of humour).

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Date

Jul 22 2019
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Time

2:00 pm

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