The Science of Humor and Laughter (an Online Talk via Zoom)
The expression of humor and laughter represent long-standing, universally recognized, and curious phenomena without any clear psychological or biological function.
In this talk, Dr. Lawrence Ian Reed will discuss several common aspects of situations that we view as humorous and elicit laughter. He will then present several theories explaining what quality or qualities these situations have that make them humorous. These will include (but will not be limited to) the sexual advertisement, encryption/decryption, and superiority theories. Finally, We will discuss the studies that evaluate these theories with several examples from popular culture.
About The Speaker
Lawrence Ian Reed (www.lawrenceianreed.net) is a clinical assistant professor at NYU. He studies facial expression of emotion, focusing on why we so visibly express our private motivational and emotional states. He is also a clinically trained psychologist with a specialization in treating adolescents and adults with mood and emotional disorders.