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2019 International Association for Conflict Management Conference

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The Psychology of Humor

Humor and laughter pervade interpersonal interactions. Although recent research has documented that humor and laughter significantly influence how colleagues perceive and interact with one another (e.g., Bitterly, Brooks, Schweitzer, 2017; Cooper, 2016), much about humor and laughter remain unexplored. Across four presentations, we explore the antecedents and effects of humor and laughter within organizations. Specifically, this symposium explores how inside jokes can increase feelings of closeness but can also induce feelings of social exclusion (Sezer, Bitterly, Brooks, Norton, & Schweitzer); how individuals prefer to review rather than to recommend humor (Yeomans); how power influences the use of humor (Bitterly); and how power differences drive gender differences in laughter (Bitterly, Brooks, Aaker, & Schweitzer). Together, these presentations will provide novel, interesting, and important insights on the psychology of humor and laughter.

T Bradford Bitterly
University of Michigan
United States

Maurice Schweitzer
Wharton
United States

Alison Wood Brooks
Harvard Business School
United States

Ovul Sezer
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
United States

Michael Yeomans
Harvard Business School
United States

 


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