The research program examines the effects of exposure to humor, and the role of sense of humor as a trait in reactions to potentially stressful situations. The primary questions being addressed are: Can exposure to humor counteract or prevent the negative emotional consequences of experiencing stressful events? Is there a stable personal quality (sense of humor or cheerfulness) which facilitates using humor to avoid stress?
A secondary area involves identifying the perceived personality implications of sense of humor as a personal quality. What qualities do others assume are associated with sense of humor. Given that having a sense of humor is a highly valued personal quality, are there other qualities that most people believe are likely to be common in those with a good sense of humor.
Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (1991). Humor in the workplace: Do we need to take humor more seriously? Creativity, 10, 8-9.
Mussman, S., Clontz, C.M., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (1993). Humor and depression: Is laughter good medicine? Paper presented at Southeastern Psychological Association Convention, Atlanta.
Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G., & Banks, J. S. (1997). On the role of humor in interpersonal attraction: It’s no joking matter. Humor, 10, 77-90.
Cann, A., Holt, K., & Calhoun, L. G. (1999) The roles of humor and sense of humor in responses to stressors. Humor, 12, 177-193.
Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G.,& Nance, J. T. (2000). Exposure to humor before and after an unpleasant stimulus: Humor as a preventative or a cure. Humor, 13, 177-191.
Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2001). Perceived personality associations with differences in sense of humor: Stereotypes of hypothetical others with high or low senses of humor. Humor, 13, 1-14.
Cann, A., Norman, M. A., Welbourne, J. L., & Calhoun, L. G. (2008). Attachment styles, conflict styles and humour styles: Interrelationships and associations with relationship satisfaction. European Journal of Personality, 22, 131-146.
Cann, A., & Etzel, K. C. (2008). Remembering and anticipating stressors: Positive personality mediates the relationship with sense of humor. Humor, 21, 157-178.
Cann, A., Zapata, C. L., & Davis, H. B. (2009). Positive and negative styles of humor in communication: Evidence for the importance of considering both styles. Communication Quarterly, 57(4), 452-468.
Cann, A., Stilwell, K, & Taku, K. (2010). Humor styles, positive personality, and health. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 3, 213-235. Available at www.ejop.org.
Cann, A., Zapata, C. L., & Davis, H. B. (2011). Humor style and relationship satisfaction in dating couples: Perceived versus self-reported humor styles as predictors of satisfaction. Humor, 24(1), 1-20.
Cann, A., & Cann, A. T. (2011). The psychology of the humor in House. In L. L. Martin & E. Cascio (eds.). House and Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Cann, A., & Cann, A. T. (2013) . Humor styles, risk perceptions, and risky behavioral choices in college students. Humor 26(4), 595-608.
Blanchard, A., Stewart, O. J., Cann, A., & Follman, L. (2014). Making sense of humor at work. The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 17(1), 49-70.
Cann, A., & Cann, A. T. (2014). Marriage and couples. In S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (Vol. 2, pp. 481-483). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Cann, A., Watson, A. J., & Bridgewater, E. A. (2014). Assessing humor at work: The Humor Climate Questionnaire. Humor, 27, 307-323.
Cann, A., & Collette, C. (2014). Sense of humor, stable affect, and psychological well-being. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 10, 464-479.
Cann, A., & Matson, C. (2014). Sense of humor and social desirability: Understanding how humor styles are perceived. Personality and Individual Differences, 66, 176-180.
Cann, A., & Kuiper, N. A. (2014). Research on the role of humor in well-being and health. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 10(3), 412-428.
Cann, A., Cann, A. T., Jordan, J. A. (2016). Understanding the effects of exposure to humor expressing affiliative and aggressive motivations. Motivation and Emotion, 40(2), 258-267.