About the article
Willibald Ruch is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests are in the field of humor and laughter, cheerfulness and smiling. In his doctoral dissertation at the University of Graz, Austria in 1980 he developed a taxonomy of jokes and cartoons and its relation to personality. His more recent work, together with his research team at Zurich university, includes humor from a positive psychology perspective, the effectiveness of humor training programs and clown interventions, the ability to laugh at oneself, the fear of being laughed at (i.e., gelotophobia), and bringing gelotophobe-savvy laughter to avatars.
Jennifer Hofmann is a psychologist, doctoral student at the University of Zurich and member of the ISHS (International Society for Humor Studies). She is a human interaction expert working and lecturing in the field of humor.
Tracey Platt is a psychologist and project worker in the Department of Psychology at University of Zurich, Switzerland. She received her PhD from the University of Zurich in 2013. Her research interests are in human interaction, facial expression and emotion. She is the web-master to gelotophobia.org a website dedicated to gelotophobia assessment. Tracey has published a number of scientific journal articles on the subject of gelotophobia, as well as having co-authored a book chapter on the same topic. The International Society for Humor Studies, where she is a member, has also acknowledged her doctoral research by awarding her the 2010 Graduate Student Award.
René Proyer studied psychology (master level) at the University of Vienna (Austria). He received his PhD from the University of Zurich in 2006 and is currently a senior teaching and research associate at the Division of Personality and Assessment at the Department of Psychology at Zurich University. His main research interests are humor research (especially in the field of dispositions towards ridicule and being laughed at and adult playfulness), positive psychology (especially positive interventions), and test development.
Published Online: 2013-11-27
Published in Print: 2014-02-01