Humor pp 141-150 | Cite as

Sense of Humor and Physiological Stress Responses

  • Herbert M. Lefcourt
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


If humor can effectively reduce the magnitude of negative emotional responses that originate with uncontrollable stressful experiences, then its impact may be directly evident in reduced sympathetic nervous system and adrenal activity and, indirectly, in the disinhibition of immune system responsivity. In this chapter we will examine what evidence there is of that connection between humor and stress-related physiological responses.


Skin Temperature Skin Conductance Skin Conductance Level Immune System Activity Physiological Stress Response 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert M. Lefcourt
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  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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