Why do we laugh? Why is something funny? What is humour, where does it come from and what functions does it really serve?
Our Speaker, Piotr Pluta will not answer these questions decisively, but he will share with you what the contemporary psychology has to say in this regard:Starting from the evolutionary roots of humour, going through the cognitive mechanisms involved in its appreciation, its social functions and effects – both positive and negative – and ending on humour in cross-cultural context, you will learn about interesting theories and research.
Nonetheless, since “analyzing humour is often like dissecting a frog – few people are interested and the patient dies in the end*”, the lecture will be abundant in examples and interactive. (To keep the frog breathing – long enough, at least.)
* E. B. White
About the Speaker: Piotr Pluta is the Managing Director responsible for consultancy at Human Factors AS in Oslo – the company behind the most used team-tool in Norway, the Diversity Icebreaker. He is also the author of the PsychologyOfHumor.com blog. His research interest relates to humor in organizational and cross-cultural contexts, as well as , the measurement of individual differences in using humor. Piotr is also leading the Humor Profiler project, which is aimed at creating a tool for mapping ‘humor practice’ in teams.
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