Have the class develop a psychology of humor

Besides being intrinsically interesting, the nice thing about humor is that it allows you to relate theory to hypotheses. For example,

Not only does having students generate hypotheses based on humor have the advantage of illustrating the value of theory, but it also is an easy way for students to meet what some of them will consider a daunting challenge--generating their first hypothesis. Projects may include the relationship between humor and health, humor and creativity, characteristics of people with a good sense of humor, characteristics of "class clowns", humor and persuasion, why people have poor memory for jokes, and a humor test as a disguised test of prejudice.

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