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The Neuroscience of Humor and Education: A Focus at AATH Conference

posted Feb 27, 2012, 11:15 AM by Mpelembe   [ updated Feb 27, 2012, 11:16 AM ]

CHICAGOFeb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What kind of impact does humor have on learning?   Educators who are interested in cognitive science research including both the theory and applications of humor will want to attend  the 25th annual AATH (Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor) conference in Chicago April 19-22.  AATH is non-profit, member driven, international community of humor and laughter professionals and enthusiasts. Therapeutic humor is any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life's situations.

Keynoter, Dr. Willibald Ruch, Professor of Psychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, will explore the link between positive psychology and humor.   Dr. Joyce Saltman, special education professor from the University of Connecticut will keynote on the "Enhancement of Learning through Humor". Laugh and learn with Laura Young and Kay Caskey from Western Michigan University as they share their pioneering efforts to bring play to the classroom.  Adrianne Roggenbuck will rejuvenate educators with a brain-focused session on 51 ways to engage all learners.   Technology skills and applications will be shared in a session on how to create webinars with Jean Smith and Arlin Peebles, founders of Education Learning Network and leaders at the Illinois Principals Association. 

The well-known Wavelength Comedy Troupe will provide a humorous perspective on education today.  Goeff Adkins, former special education teacher will delight all attendees with his bubble magic motivational show. Poster research sessions include applications of humor  on education and learning. 

CPDU credits for Illinois teachers will be available through the Boone/Winnebago Regional Office of Education.  Three hours of graduate college credit throughPortland State University Department of Education are available by attending the Humor Academy at the conference.  A certificate program is also available.  International speaker and author Mary Kay Morrison has developed this dynamic course based on the cognitive research of humor.

If are enthused about exploring the benefits of humor for health, education and in business, join us in Chicago (Rosemont) at the beautiful Westin O Hare conference center April 19-22.  Registration information is on line at or call 1-888-747-2284 for more information.

SOURCE Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor