Humor in Infants, 1st ed. 2016
Developmental and Psychological Perspectives

SpringerBriefs in Child Development Series


Language: Anglais

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This volume explores in depth how infants?perhaps as young as three months?develop the capacity to appreciate, participate in, and create humor. Engagingly written, it synthesizes theories of humor, its subtle complexities, and why it exists despite seeming to have little survival value. Chapters trace the developing skills in the child?s interactions with parents and others, the roles of verbal and nonverbal behaviors in humor, and related phenomena including absurdity, funniness, laughter, teasing, and play. These diverse perspectives offer rich insights into how the human mind learns from its environment, why humor is funny, and what humor can tell us about being human. 

This singular text: 
  • Reviews theories and findings on humor and its critical role in social behavior.
  • Analyzes the challenges of researching humor in infants and young children.
  • Differentiates among concepts and contexts of humor and playfulness.
  • Situates humor as a social-emotional as well as cognitive experience.
  • Details current research on humor in atypically developing children.
  • Examines the role of culture in humor.
Humor in Infants is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians, and graduate students in developmental psychology, infant mental health, social psychology, cognitive science, and pediatrics.

Chapter 1: An Overview of Humor.- Chapter 2: The Development of Humor.- Chapter 3: Playfulness.- Chapter 4: Humor as a Social-Emotional Phenomenon.- Chapter 5: When Humor Goes Missing.- Chapter 6: Humor and Culture.
Gina Mireault, Ph.D., is a Developmental Psychologist and Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Johnson State College. She studies the perception and creation of humor in infants from 3 months to 12 months of age, addressing the question: How do babies figure out what is funny?   She is interested in the serious implications of humor research for understanding critical developmental milestones, such as whether or not infants are capable of a “theory of mind”, whether or not humor can contribute to attachment security with parents, and whether or not infants rely on parental emotion to interpret and regulate their own emotional response to ambiguous events. She is intrigued by young infants’ detection of absurdity and what it may indicate about their early knowledge of social behavior.

Vasudevi Reddy, Ph.D., is Professor of Developmental and Cultural Psychology at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. She is interested in the origins and development of social cognition, mainly in young infants. She has been exploring the role of emotional engagement in social understanding, focusing on such everyday, ordinary engagements as teasing and joking and showing-off or feeling shy, which often tend to be ignored in mainstream theories. She is Director of the Centre for Situated Action and Communication, which explores ideas of context and situation on different kinds of psychological phenomena. Her interest in engagement as the route to understanding has led her to questions about the nature and influence of cultural engagements on social understanding.

Examines a cutting-edge body of research on humor perception and creation in infants

Reviews theories of the function and evolutionary underpinnings of verbal and nonverbal humor

Explores humor from cognitive and social-emotional perspectives

Discusses various elements of humor (e.g., laughter, playfulness, teasing, and clowning)

Examines humor in infants with atypical development to understand perception and experience