Funny People

Why our brains like to be tricked, teased, and tormented by humor.Images of laughing women, girl with pigtails, and chuckling man from Shutterstock.

The Science of Laughter

By Robert Provine
Hoots and hollers are innate—and important—social tools.


By Jay Dixit

Well-known comics explore the droll and the weighty.

Humor's Sexual Side

By Willow Lawson
Why a woman with a male sense of humor is a turnoff.

The Importance of Humor Research

By Peter McGraw Ph.D.
A serious non-serious research topic.

How to Cultivate Humor

By Nando Pelusi Ph.D.

How humor can relieve depression.

When Do Tragedies Become Funny?

By Gil Greengross Ph.D.
Why do some people find tragic events funny and when?

Are Women More Attracted to Men Who Court Them With Humor?

By Gil Greengross Ph.D.
How can humor help women attract mates?

Personality: Funny in the Head

By Matthew Hutson
What makes a comedian tick?

Crack Me Up

By Polly Schulman

On The Job: No Laughing Matter

By Matthew Hutson

Cartoonist Bob Mankoff takes jokes seriously.

The Tears of a Clown

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D.
Probing the comedian's psyche

George Carlin's Last Interview

By Jay Dixit
A legendary comedian speaks.

Can Humor and Laughter Boost Your Health?

By Gil Greengross Ph.D.
Can Humor and Laughter Boost Your Health?