A Laughing Matter? The Uses of Humor in Medical Interactions

  title={A Laughing Matter? The Uses of Humor in Medical Interactions},
  author={Linda E. Francis and Kathleen Monahan and Candyce S. Berger},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
As Coser (1962) demonstrated in her landmark hospital study, a humor is one of the great tools of reassurance on the hospital ward. After all, if something is ridiculous, how can it be threatening? In this study, the authors examine the role of humor in medical interactions, with an eye toward greater understanding of the means by which people manage the emotions of others. Through face to face interviews with 22 providers in a large hospital, this study garners empirical support for a… 

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