Light & Dark - the Cutting Edge of Humor Research
Jennifer Hofmann, PhD
Research into Humor and Playfulness has come a long way. It started before the formal beginning of Positive Psychology and the inclusion of humor as a character strength in the VIA, but has now also found a home in PP. Recently, research on humor and particularly humor interventions and applications are flourishing. In this first of a 2-part MAPP CPE series, Dr. Jenny Hofmann of the University of Zurich will update us on this research, especially work coming out of Positive Psychology that has helped to differentiate benevolent, beneficent forms of humor from those with a darker aspect and the role of amusement in Positive Emotions. We will also look at how humor and its perception differ in application relevant contexts, such as students in schools who are perceived as "Class Clowns" or the role of Humor and Playfulness in contexts from youth organisations such as the scouts and to positive ageing. Finally, Jenny will suggest "homework" for those who want to prepare themselves for the 2nd part of this focus: Interventions & Training!
Jennifer Hofmann PhD, is a senior teaching and research fellow at the department of personality and assessment (Institute of Psychology), University of Zurich. Her current research interests are in personality and assessment, humor, encoding and decoding of positive emotions, as well as nonverbal behavior (applying the Facial Action Coding System), with a special interest in laughter. She teaches various subjects at university (personality, test theory) and gives courses on humor and positive emotions (Bsc, Msc level, as well as further education), as well as workshops on humor in various settings.
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