RESEARCH TEAM 5
HUMOR APPRECIATION

Barney Beins
Department of Psychology
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850-7290
Email:
Beins@ithaca.edu


Here is the Fall 2013 Research Team, with whom I have the pleasure of working.

Back Row (L to R): Barney Beins, Shane Lelwica-Hebeisen, Jackson Grady, Griffin Reid, Amanda Lara
Front Row (L to R): Tara Meade, Emily Bacher, Sawu Johnston, Amanda Geller, Wendy Lopez, Ali Cipriano

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This Research Team studies psychological aspects of humor. Our work consists of collecting humorous stories, jokes, anecdotes, and cartoons so that we can see how different people react to them. Students on the Team complete library research to discover what other researchers have found, help plan the studies, and produce written reports of the results.

Our team members have made quite a number of presentations at various conferences, including the annual conventions of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the New England Psychological Association; the National Conference on Undergraduate Research; the University of Scranton Psychology Conference; and the Eastern Colleges Psychology Conference. Various students have co-authored research articles and have continued their work in independent study and as honors projects in the past. A number of our graduates have entered master's and doctoral programs.

Recent published research:

Beins, B. C., & O’Toole, S. M. (2010). Searching for the sense of humor: Stereotypes of ourselves and others. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 6, 3/2010, 267-287.

Wimer, D. J., & Beins, B. C. (2008). Expectation and perceived humor. Humor: International Journal of Humor Studies, 21(3), 347-363.

Research Team Working Groups


Eastern Psychological Association Convention--Spring 2013
New York, New York

Natalie Mendes and Dan Leibel talk to interested psychologists about the gelotophobia research.

Beins, B. C., *Mendes, N. D., & *Leibel, D. K. (2013, March). The tangled web of humor, fear of laughter, and sexism. Poster session at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

 

New England Psychological Association Convention--Fall 2012
Worcester, Massachusetts

Carly Herschman talks with a fellow psychologist about the gelotophobia research. Natalie Mendes and Dan Leibel talk to a psychologist about the gelotophobia research. Pam Ferrante talks to a psychologist about the terror management theory research as Sam Sherry looks on. Kendra Doychak (in the blue jacket) also listens. Pam Ferrante and Kendra Doychak stand at their terror management research poster.
*Doychak, K., *Ferrante, P., *Herschman, C., *Leibel, D., *Mendes, N., *Sherry, S., & Beins, B. C. (2012, October). Sense of Humor and Predictors of Gelotophobia. Presented at the annual convention of the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, MA.

Beins, B. C., *Doychak, K., *Ferrante, P., *Herschman, C., & *Sherry, S. (2012). Jokes and Terror Management Theory: Humor May Not Help Manage Terror. Presented at the annual convention of the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, MA.

 

 

Eastern Psychological Association Convention--Spring 2012
Pittsburgh, PA

Brad Johnson, Ché Albowicz, Samantha Sherry, and Jamie LeFebvre at the poster Taking offense: Personality and gender-based jokes at the 2012 annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pam Ferrante and Carly Herschman at the poster Sense of humor: Are we all above average? at the 2012 annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pam Ferrante, Carly Herschman, and Kendra Doychak at the poster Sense of humor: Are we all above average? at the 2012 annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
*Doychak, K., *Herschman, C., *Ferrante, P., & Beins, B. C. (2012, March). Sense of humor: Are we all above average? Poster session at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

*Sherry, S., *LeFebvre, J., *Johnson, B., *Albowicz, C., & Beins, B. C. (2012, March). Taking offense: Personality and gender-based jokes. Poster session at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

New England Psychological Association Convention--Fall 2011
Fairfield, CT

Amanda Espinosa and Andrew Etherington present their poster Neuroticism and humor: Different factor structures in high and low scorers at the Fall 2011 NEPA convention.

Ché Albowicz and Alyssa Dietz present their poster Neuroticism and sex-related jokes: Sex primes mortality salience at the Fall 2011 NEPA convention. Peter Russell and Jamie LeFevbre present their poster Neuroticism and the factor structure of the sense of humor at the Fall 2011 NEPA convention.
*Dietz, A., *Albowicz, C., & Beins, B. C. (2011, October). Neuroticism and sex-related jokes: Sex primes mortality salience. Poster presentation at the annual convention of the New England Psychological Association, Fairfield, CT.

*Russell, P., *Lefebvre, J., & Beins, B. C. (2011, October). Neuroticism and the factor structure of the sense of humor. Poster presentation at the annual convention of the New England Psychological Association, Fairfield, CT.

*Etherington, A., *Espinosa, A., & Beins, B. C. (2011, October. Neuroticism and humor: Different factor structures in high and low scorers. Poster presentation at the annual convention of the New England Psychological Association, Fairfield, CT.

Eastern Psychological Association Convention--2010
Brooklyn, NY

Katharina Carella at her poster at the 2010 EPA convention. The research involved expectations about humor.

Aliyah Emas at her poster at the 2010 EPA convention. The research involved sexism, humor, and offensiveness.

 

Summaries of Recent Student Presentations


The Humor Research Team received an award from the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) at the 2005 Annual Meeting.

The Research Team also won awards at the 2007 NEPA meeting for Faculty-Student Collaboration:

Beins, B. C., McCarthy, C., Rigge, M., Rigoli, B., & Sawyer, S. (2007, October). Expectations About Humor Affect Ratings: A Generalizable Effect with Social Implications.

Benfante, L., & Beins, B. C. (2007, October). Self-Reflection and Sense of Humor: The Big Five Personality Characteristics and Humor.

 

 

Interesting and Notable Links to Other Humor Sites

(Please note that I have posted these links in the event that you are interested in them. The content of those web pages is under the control of their owners; these links do not constitute an endorsement of their content. Most of the links are associated with professionals in the field of humor research or who conduct therapy.)

American Association for Therapeutic Humor Home Page
Humor: International Journal of Humor Research Home Page
International Society for Humor Studies Historian Page (ISHS)
The Jester Home Page: Participate in their Research
Willibald Ruch's Home Page at the University of Düsseldorf
Steven Sultanoff, Ph.D., "Humor Matters" Home Page


 

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