Welcome to the website of ISHS2014, the 26th International Society of Humor Studies (ISHS) Conference. The conference is held from 7 to 11 july, 2014, in the University Hall of Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The conference stands in a long tradition of humor studies conferences, held all over the world: Boston, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Krakow, Williamsburg (2013) and many others. As conveners, we are proud to host the humor conference in our beautiful city. If you would like to register or submit an abstract, please go to the registration and submission page. If you want to know more or want to subscribe to our weekly conference blogs, please contact us at email@example.com.
Corrigan and colleagues of the Department of Psychology of the Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) investigated the role humor can have in the decrease of stigma. They created three conditions (self-disclosure comedy, non-disclosure comedy and a control condition) and assessed attitudes and comic perceptions. Perceptions of the self-disclosed comic condition were associated with reduced stigma. The affiliative humor style enhanced this effect even further. Read more.
Seven scientists from Spain studied laughter as a diagnostic tool and were able to differentiate between depressed patients and healthy control on the base of their type of laughter. The sound structure of laughter may thus reveal underlying depression or other neuropsychiatric pathology. Read more.
The conference organisation would in no way promote the (excessive) consumption of soft drugs. Nevertheless, we do believe that it is important to know some basic facts and legislation about how things work in the Netherlands. Contrary to some other countries it is possible to use soft drugs in The Netherlands. They are considered relatively harmless when used in limited quantities and frequencies – some even say alcohol is much more dangerous because of its adverse effects. However, dealing and producing soft drugs is strictly prohibited. Soft drugs can only be obtained in so-called coffee shops (you’d better drink coffee in other restaurants – we also have Starbucks ;.). Dutch soft drugs can be pretty strong, compared to other countries. If you as a foreiger would want to use these drugs, please take care about these issues and ask around in the coffeshops. For an explanation of Dutch legislation, please click on this link.
Bains and colleagues studied the effects of humorous video watching in elderly on short-term memory and salivary cortisol. They found that there were increases in learning ability and delayed recall in the experimental group, compared to the control group. Also, the humor group had decreased salivary cortisol. Read more.