It turns out that there is a lot to explore about what is going on in our cognitive and physiological functions when something tickles our funny bone.
- Humor & Immunity and Humor & Pain by Rod A. Martin (2007)
Read pages 317 - 324 (note that some of the text is missing because it's on google books, but the available information is really interesting and enough to get us started in dialogue).
- Is it true that laughing is good for your health?
Half-page article from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- MyHyena.com - an example of a handful of web sites I found dedicated to the idea that humor heals. Just peruse the site a bit for some interesting anecdotal information.
- The Power to Persuade by Kevin Dutton (Scientific American Mind, March/April 2010)
Pages 24 - 31. This article is not exclusively about humor, but it makes an interesting point about how the persuasive function of humor has to do with creating mental "incongruity." The whole article is worth the read, but we'll focus on the short section about incongruity on page 28.
- OPTIONAL - Humor as a Double-Edged Sword: Four Functions of Humor in Communication by John C. Meyer (Communication Theory, Volume 10 Issue 3, 2000)
For being an article about humor, this abstract sure is dry. But it makes some interesting claims about how humor, as a tool of persuasion, can both divide and unite.
- Political Punch Lines by Jessica Bloustein, Newsweek Web Exclusive Sept. 11, 2008
The money quote from this article is "The Pew Research Center recently found that audiences for "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" were better informed about the world around them than the general population, scoring in the highest percentile on knowledge of current events."
- Thank you, Jon Stewart, for teaching us more about Yemen than so-called respectable sources of news.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Terror 2.0 by Yemen - Sad Libs|
- Pay attention to the subtle messages about the American economy that you would normally pick up subconsciously from this snippet from The Onion (excuse the obnoxious ad for the first 10 seconds).
Ford Unveils New Car For Cash-Strapped Buyers: The 1993 Taurus