humour

Do psychologists have a particular taste in comedy? We thought we would ask a load for cultural recommendations, beginning mostly with those who have shown their own funny bones through involvement with Bright Club, 'The Thinking Person...

We’re very fussy about who gets our laughter, and why. Within the personal sphere, all the scientific evidence is that we laugh with the people we know and like. Of course, laughter isn’t limited to this, and we can use laughter in a very nuanced way with even total strangers...

The 2016 Ig Nobel Prizes, honouring achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think, were awarded in front of more than a thousand spectators last week at a Harvard University ceremony.

This was the 26th First Annual Ceremony, with the prizes handed...

Horizon appeared in new dress this week, with comedian Jimmy Carr hijacking the presenter’s chair of the science-documentary-turned-comedy-talk-show set. Why do we laugh, he asks, and how does it relate to comedy? Carr opened the show by telling jokes in characteristically...

You might remember Robert Newman as one quarter of the Mary Whitehouse Experience in the 80’s, or one half of Baddiel & Newman in the 90’s – the first stand up act to pack Wembley Stadium when comedy became the new rock’n’roll. He has been out of the limelight for a while...

I collect stories: stories about improbable things, things that make people laugh, then think. Improbable is, simply: what you don’t expect.

I research improbable research, and in the April 2013...

Professor Sophie Scott (University College London) is becoming the Queen of Laughter, which is not a bad title to have. Not only is she doing a great job of redressing the negative balance in psychological research into emotions...

I’ve just finished reading Chris Frith’s brilliant Making Up the Mind, the most recent winner of the British Psychological Society’s Book Award. In this book, Professor Frith distils a diverse collection of research from every corner of psychology into a coherent theory of...