Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.
A politician who wields a comeback with skill can use it as both a bludgeon and a shield, damaging the opponent without hurting their own popularity with voters.
Dads are taking parenting much more seriously. But according to a new study of sitcoms, the stereotype of the foolish father remains stubbornly in place.
It isn't wrong to laugh at coronavirus comedy. Rather a chortle here and there will help us through the crisis, and it may even help spread vital information and give comfort to those in need.
There are a few simple tricks anyone can use.
Online videos of Hitler getting angry at things, based on a 2004 film scene, have found enduring appeal and recently featured in a Fair Work Commission case. Why the furor?
A new study highlights the importance of the 'intergroup sensitivity effect' in comedy, which gives people license to tell certain jokes, but not others.
'Two polar bears walk into a bar ...' is an unlikely opener for a joke, but memes and parodies are surprisingly effective ways to get people talking about climate change.
Self-deprecating humor can be a savvy campaign strategy – but only for certain candidates.
In ads, robots typically are scary, sad or stupid. Real-life robots and artificial intelligence systems are none of those.
The way you and your partner use humour can shape your relationship, and even break it up.
Sarcasm thrives in ambiguous situations, which makes it especially ripe for misinterpretation.
The serious science of toilet humour.
One viral video might leave you in stitches; another leaves you cold. Psychology researchers have worked out several theories of humor to explain why.
Disparagement humor makes a punchline out of a marginalized group. Racist or sexist jokes, for instance, aren't just harmless fun – psychologists find they can foster discrimination.
No longer dismissed as an undesirable negative trait to be avoided, humor is having a heyday among experimental psychologists.