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
Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras
Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Psychology (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)
Part of the book sub series: SpringerBriefs in Child Development (BRIEFSCD)
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Table of contents (6 chapters)
About this book
- 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.
- Absurdity in infants
- Clowning in infants
- Humor in infants with atypical development
- Humor in typically developing infants
- Incongruity in infants
- Infant humor
- Infant laughter
- Infant mental health
- Playfulness in infants
- Smiling in infants
- Social referencing in infants
- Social-cognition of infants
- Social-emotional development of infants
- Teasing in infants
Authors and Affiliations
Behavioral Sciences Department, Johnson State College, Johnson, USA
Gina C. Mireault
Dept of Psychology King Henry Bldg, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
About the authors
Book Title: Humor in Infants
Book Subtitle: Developmental and Psychological Perspectives
Authors: Gina C. Mireault, Vasudevi Reddy
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Psychology
Publisher: Springer Cham
eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
Copyright Information: The Author(s) 2016
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-38961-5Published: 22 June 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-38963-9Published: 14 June 2016
Series ISSN: 2192-8363
Series E-ISSN: 2192-8371
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XI, 62
Topics: Developmental Psychology, Pediatrics