Children's Humor Study

Thank you for visiting us at the Children's Humor Study!

We would like to invite you and your child to consider participation in an exciting new research study to increase our understanding of the development of humor.

In this study we aim to examine the brain development and function, specifically as it relates to cognition and humor. We are currently seeking typically-developing children (ages 6-12) who are native English-speakers. For more information about our research findings related to humor in adults, please read our lab's publications. If you are interested in learning more abour our current study, please read through this website.

Study Goals:

This study is directed by Drs. Allan Reiss (Stanford University) and Jessica Black (Boston College). The goals of the study are to:

  1. Identify material (video clips) that children ages 6-12 find funny and not funny.
  2. Use neuroimaging techniques (magnetic resonance imagine and near-infrared spectroscopy) to explore how children's social, emotional and cognitive functioning are associated with the cortical and subcortical neural correlates of humor detection and appreciation.

Interested in Participating? Visit us here