In an article in PLoS One, Zalla and co-authors present evidence that the use of stereotypical information increased the possibilities of irony detection in subjects with high-functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Read more.
Three authors from the Moscovian institute ‘Nauchnyĭ tsentr psikhicheskogo zdorov’ia’ (including ISHS member Alyona Ivanova) studied gelotophobia, gelotophilia and katagelasticism in schisophrenics and controls. Gelotophobia was increased in psychiatric patients, compared to controls, whereas kastagelasticism was lower. Study in Russian. Read more.
The first issue of volume 27 of Humor just came out. For those with good taste in humor science there is interesting new stuff around, such as a review of the state of the art of gelotophobia research, a study on memory performance as a result of humorous visual material and a Japanese study on the role of humor and laughter during negotiations. Go to table of contents.