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Current Psychology

Current Psychology

A Journal for Diverse Perspectives on Diverse Psychological Issues

Editor-in-Chief: F. R. Ferraro

ISSN: 1046-1310 (print version)
ISSN: 1936-4733 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12144

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Special Issue of Current Psychology titled “Humor and Laughter: Current and Future Directions, Application, and Technology Innovations” 

Deadline for submissions: January 1, 2019

Editor: Ric Ferraro
Guest Editor(s): Jennifer Hofmann, University of Zurich, Switzerland, & Tracey Platt, University of Wolverhampton, UK
The special issue will bring together current papers that advance knowledge humor and laughter basic and applied research.
Publications on humor and laughter have steadily increased over the past decade. Importantly, many unresolved challenges are starting to be addressed (again) in the scientific discourse. For example, Special Issues on humor and laughter were put forward in Europe’s Journal of Psychology (2014, 2016), Translational Issues in Psychological Science (2016), and Frontiers in Psychology (2016/2017), Transactions in Affective Computing (2017), Educational Philosophy and Theory (2014), with some ongoing (e.g., International Journal of Advertising, expected 2019). The current Special Issue contributes to the ongoing dialogue within psychology on unresolved issues in humor and laughter research. Importantly, the current Special issue aims at continuing to setting methodological standards and theoretical grounds for basic and applied psychological studies.
For humor, the question on models underlying the sense of humor and humor measurement have led to important advances in the field, yet also raising new questions: What is the nature of the sense of humor? How can we build a common vocabulary on humor across disciplines? Which theories explain humor production, humor appreciation, emotional responses, social consequences, motivations, and the sense of humor best? What are the mechanisms underlying the effect of humor on health, well-being and possibly recovery from illness and resilience? Where can humor fruitfully applied in health care settings, education, and the workplace? Is humor virtuous?
For laughter, methodologically sound studies on this complex nonverbal signal have been published, showing that laughter is not at all a homogeneous category, but serves many functions and has many elicitors. Yet, there is no consensus on how to best categorize laughter and which distinctions or “types” would need to be distinguished for the study and applications. Also, we still know little about the mechanisms on how laughter can be “a medicine”.
Consequently, the current Special Issue builds on the increased efforts to further the science, application, and technology of humor and laughter. The Special Issue welcomes empirical contributions, short reports, (theoretical) position papers, reviews and meta-analyses.
For this issue the editors will consider manuscripts across a broad area of humor and laughter research, concerning such topics as (but not exclusively):
Studies or Positions on the Conceptualization, Classification, and Dimensionality of Humor and the Sense of Humor
Humor Measurement
Applied Studies on Humor (i.e., Education, Health Care Settings, Work Place)
Humor Production
Humor Appreciation
The Dark Sides of Humor (e.g., Gelotophobia, Katagelasticism, malicious/disparaging humor)
Encoding and Decoding of Laughter
Laughter Measurement
Individuals Differences in Humor or Laughter
Laughter Classification
Social Functions of Laughter
Laughter Synthesis and Detection (focus on Multimodality)
Computational Models of Laughter and Humor
Humor and Laughter in HCI/HRI Applications
Evaluations of Humor and Laughter Interventions and Trainings
Development of Humor and Laughter Across the Life Span
Critical Discussion of Current Findings
Potential contributors are directed to Instructions to Authors for guidelines
http://www.springer.com/psychology/journal/12144 For questions or further information please contact the Guest Editors: Jennifer Hofmann, j.hofmann@psychologie.uzh.ch or Tracey Platt, T.Platt@wlv.ac.uk

Special Issue of Current Psychology titled “Parents and Children” 

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2018

Editor: Ric Ferraro
Guest Editor: Shelia M. Kennison
The special issue will bring together current papers that advance knowledge about the effects of parents on children. These effects may include parenting behaviors, parent-child relationships, and personal characteristics of parents that contribute to short-term and/or long-term outcomes for children. We would like to encourage submissions describing research involving a wide range of parent and child variables. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to short-term and/or long-term effects of parenting behaviors on outcomes for children from a variety of backgrounds in terms of geographic locations, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and other environmental/family circumstances. We encourage submissions describing research from all methodological approaches.
Potential contributors are directed to Instructions to Authors for guidelines http://www.springer.com/psychology/journal/12144. Manuscripts may be presented here: http://www.editorialmanager.com/cups/default.aspx
For questions or further information please contact the Guest Editor, Shelia Kennison at shelia.kennison@okstate.edu

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