Impact of Laughter and Humor

On April 7 & 8, 2016, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study hosted "The Impact of Laughter and Humor in Our Past and Today’s Digitized World," a conference led by Dr. Otto Santa Ana, 2015-2016 Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS.

This conference brought together scholars from anthropology, communications, digital media, neuroscience, political science, psychiatry and psychology, religious studies, and sociology to examine the origins, development, and neurology of human laughter; explore humor and laughter as deeply human expressions of imaginative cognition; and evaluate the use of laughter and humor as social and political mechanisms.

This programming was made possible with generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

Conference Program

Conference Poster