The lecture will explore the differences, or lack thereof, in what is considered “funny” in different cultures. Why are American humorous media (e.g. sitcoms) more successful worldwide than humorous media from other countries?  What are the characteristics of a culture that influence its humor preferences? What do the findings on cultural differences contribute to our general understanding of what humor is?

Ori Amir completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Math at Haifa University, Israel. His Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Southern California focused on the brain activity associated with appreciating and generating humor. His other research explores visual object recognition, perceptual pleasure, the neural basis of morality, and generating humor with artificial intelligence. He is now a visiting faculty member with the Psychology Department of Pomona College.

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5C students swipe and 7C faculty and staff may sign-in for Oldenborg Dining Hall access. Community members may attend at Oldenborg’s discretion and incur a charge.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Oldenborg Center
  • 350 N. College Way

Dining Hall, south side

General Public
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community