Humor and laughter play a vital part in our everyday social encounters. This book is concerned with the exploration of the psychology of humor and laughter by the foremost professional researchers in these areas. It examines the major theoretical perspectives underlying current approaches and it draws together for the first time the main empirical work done over the course of this century. Peter Derks brings this story up to the moment. The two major parts of this book deal with perception of and responses to humor, and its uses in society at large. The chapters themselves range from cognitive aspects of humor development, through the functions of humor and laughter in social interaction, to the use of humor by comedians and by the mass media. One of the general features of this volume is the concern with the variety of techniques and research methods that are used in studies aimed at understanding our responsiveness to humor and the contexts in which we create it.Derks, Peter is the author of 'Humor and Laughter Theory, Research, and Applications' with ISBN 9781560008378 and ISBN 1560008377.