The Science of Comedy (Sort of)

AMA J Ethics. 2020 Jul 1;22(7):E602-607. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2020.602.


From an academic point of view, humor studies have traditionally lived in the rather unfunny world of philosophy departments. More recently, psychologists and neuroscientists have begun to study mechanisms of humor and laughter. An argument can be made that approaching humor studies from the perspective of comedy creation offers practical tools for using comedy and humor in everyday communication and connection.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Drama*
  • Humans
  • Laughter*