Humor in The Office Is a Funny Thing to Assess

Watching the clip above, featuring David Brent (a.k.a. Ricky Gervais) formerly the manager of The Office (UK original series), you might ask yourself the question ‘Is management humor an asset or liability?’ Not such an easy question to answer – in fact, a recent academic paper on the subject, Management humor : asset or liability? […]

Laughing at oneself in Zurich

“…there is no authoritative definition of the sense of humor, and it is also not yet clear what ‘laughing at oneself’ is, or if it even actually occurs in people’s everyday behavior.” – explain authors Dr. Ursula Beermann and Prof. Dr. Willibald Ruch, who conducted the very first scientific study on the subject of ‘laughing at […]

“yeah right”– a synthetic laugh responder

The Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL) has attempted construction of a ‘Synthetic Laughter Generator’ – which could be of use as a responder to their ‘Automatic Sarcasm Recognizer’ previously described here. The lab published a paper on the subject  of Automatic acoustic synthesis of human-like laughter in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of […]

Laughables research

“Conversation analysts have used the term ‘laughter’ to refer to the free-standing tokens heh, hah, huh and the like.” But could there be other laughing-related modes of behaviour? Perhaps suggesting the necessity for a broader definition? Researchers professor Cecilia E. Ford, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, and professor Barbara A. Fox, from the University […]