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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jan 8, 2023

On episode 155, we welcome Neil Martin to discuss the history of comedy, the social benefits of telling jokes, how jokes can become misunderstood and why people get offended by them, the importance of intentions, the difference between punching up and punching down, comedy’s use in psychotherapy and how it can fail there, the difficulty of studying humor’s effects, the dark triad and to which ends psychopaths tend to utilize jokes, the differences between genders in what and whom they find funny, and comedy as a means of fostering sexual attraction.

Dr. G Neil Martin is Hon. Professor of Psychology and former Head of Psychology at Regent's University London. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an associate of the Recreational Fear Lab at Aarhus University. He has written around 13 books including the introductory textbook Psychology (Pearson Education, now in its 7th edition), Psychology- A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld), The Neuropsychology of Smell & Taste (Taylor & Francis), and his newest book is called The Psychology of Comedy.

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