P57: Issue 2 of Humor is out

In May 2014, this year’s second issue of Humor, the International Journal of Humor Studies, has been published, with interesting articles on the assessment of humor climate, comedy in ancient Athens and Rome and an analysis of contemporary and ancient satire using the philosophical techniques of cynicism and kynicism (a non-nihilistic form of cynicism). But this is definitely not all! Read more.

P55: The role of humor in rehabilitation participation in spinal cord injury

Peter and his colleagues from Switzerland built a model trying to explain rehabilitation participation in spinal cord injury, including variables like self-efficacy, purpose in life and humorous coping. Although explained variance of the model was low (15%), humor was quite firmly incorporated in the model, partially mediating the effects of self-efficacy and challenge appraisel on rehabiliation participation. Read more.

P53: The use of humor in penile cancer

A UK study by Branney and colleagues showed that men with penile cancer took their condition very serious, making it difficult for them to joke about it. Only after the operation they were able to do so. However, the use of humour by nurses and patients after the operation is still recommended because of its relief and function. Read more.

P52: Comedy and mental health attitudes in the military

Jones and others from the Institute of Psychiatry in London, England investigated the potential use of comedy to influence mental health attitudes among military personnel. Stating that these attitudes might be negative, which is undesirable, they compared a comedy group with a control group. Stigmitisation decreased and knowledge about mental health increased shortly after the intervention. However, the effect was short-lived. Read more.