Shawn Humor Lecture.ppt

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Positive Psychology: The Science of Humor Shawn Achor Harvard University Spring 2008
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Working Definition Humor is a way of mindfully perceiving the world, analogous to optimism, where an individual heightens awareness of potentials in a situation.
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Outline I. Psychology of humor II. Mental and Physical Benefits III. Positive Social Benefits IIII. Pragmatic steps IIIII. The greatest power of humor
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What just happened? "rhythmic, vocalized, expiratory and involuntary actions" 15 facial muscles contract Zygomatic major muscle raises lip Epiglottis half-closes the larynx Blood pressure lowered Increase in vascular blood flow Flexed abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles.
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How We Study Changes Us 97 to 3 ratio of negative to humor research “Depression” 125,089 articles “Humor” 4,943 “Steven Colbert” (no results found) Medical School Syndrome
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Definitional problems
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This note was uploaded on 05/20/2008 for the course STAT 50 taught by Professor Weinstein during the Spring '08 term at Harvard.

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