Month: September 2011

Examining the business of humor in the Big Apple

Funny sells Tomorrow, we leave Colorado to get a glimpse of the big business of humor. Although comedy can be found almost anywhere (as we discovered during our trip to Palestine) it’s most apparent where people have substantial resources to commit to creating – and enjoying – comedic entertainment. New York City is one of those places. […]

A serious non-serious research topic

Why bother studying humor? Because it may be one of the most important topics of all. With Joel Warner (originally posted at Psychology Today; based on one of my earliest posts ) Humor has been around for as long as there has been humanity — and considering that chimps and other primates laugh, humor has […]

A policy maker’s dilemma: Public safety or preventing blame?

Recently, one of my papers, co-authored with Alex Todorov and Howard Kunreuther received some (good) press (NPR and Washington Post). The gist of the argument we make is that anti-terror policy in the U.S. (and I suspect elsewhere) is guided not only by a scientific assessment of risk, but also by the potential blame that […]