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Humor, its origin and development / Paul E. McGhee ; illustrated by Edie Pistolesi.

San Francisco : W.H. Freeman, [1979] .
ISBN 071671096X, 0716710951

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Subjects Entwicklung.
Humor (grappigheden)
Humor in children.
Humour -- Psychologie.
Humour chez l'enfant.
Wit and humor -- Psychological aspects.
Series Series of books in psychology.
Description xi, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Copyright Date [1979]
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Explaining humor: a historical overview : What is humor? ; Psychological views of the basic characteristics ; Theories of humor development ; A general theory of humor? -- 2. The origin and early development of children's humor : The meaning of smiling and laughter in infancy ; Development of fantasy and make-believe ; Playful fantasy and the beginnings of humor ; Stages in the development of incongruity humor ; The humor of real incongruities -- 3. Humor and evolution : Humor in animals ; Smiling and laughter ; Animal play ; Humor and intelligence: the evolution of abstract forms of play ; An adaptive function of humor? ; The emergence of humor in signing chimpanzees and gorillas ; Language and the evolutionary origin of humor -- 4. Age differences : The preschool years ; The elementary-school years ; Age six to eight: a period of transition -- 5. Cognitive factors and humor : The importance of intellectual change, or, The problem with puns ; Additional cognitive influences ; Creativity and humor.
6. Social and personality influences : Social influences ; Personality influences -- 7. The making of a humorist: early childhood influences : The meaning of "sense of humor" ; Parental influences ; Early characteristics of the humorous child ; Are humorists born or made? -- 8. Sex differences: a sense of humor distinctly male or female? : Sex differences in adults ; Sex differences in children -- 9. Laughter, humor, and mental health : Humor as a coping mechanism ; Do laughter and humor indicate healthy adjustment? ; Humor in therapy -- 10. Concluding remarks.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)5101611
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WorldCat Identities McGhee, Paul E.
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