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How funny works: the serious science of humor Brainwaves

    • Education

What makes some attempts at humor funny and others fall flat? And why do men win and women suffer when they’re funny at work? This week we speak with CU Boulder marketing and psychology professor Peter McGraw (petermcgraw.org); comedian and “single, stay-away-from-home mom” Nancy Norton, winner of the 2018 Boston Comedy Fest (comedyworks.com/comedians/nancy-norton); and Jessi Rivin (colorado.edu/business/jessica-jessi-rivin), doctoral student in organizational behavior and information systems at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Music credits:

“By the Coast” by Antony Raijekov. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Antony_Raijekov/Jazz_U/12_-_Antony_Raijekov_-_By_the_Coast_2004. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

“I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside” by John H. Glover-Kind. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/John_H_Glover-Kind/. License: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

“Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie; license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/vendaface/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/ Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-NEsfl50G7s

What makes some attempts at humor funny and others fall flat? And why do men win and women suffer when they’re funny at work? This week we speak with CU Boulder marketing and psychology professor Peter McGraw (petermcgraw.org); comedian and “single, stay-away-from-home mom” Nancy Norton, winner of the 2018 Boston Comedy Fest (comedyworks.com/comedians/nancy-norton); and Jessi Rivin (colorado.edu/business/jessica-jessi-rivin), doctoral student in organizational behavior and information systems at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Music credits:

“By the Coast” by Antony Raijekov. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Antony_Raijekov/Jazz_U/12_-_Antony_Raijekov_-_By_the_Coast_2004. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

“I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside” by John H. Glover-Kind. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/John_H_Glover-Kind/. License: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

“Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie; license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/vendaface/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/ Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-NEsfl50G7s

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