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Humor in SciComm

Ellice's SciComm Corner Podcast Episode 3

Ellice's SciComm Corner is your go-to podcast for hot button topics and new research in science communication. Hosted by Ellice Peck, a SciComm Master's student at Stony Brook University, this monthly podcast connects the science behind scicomm to the realities of engaging in the field. 

Humor has long been a way for people to connect, share stories, and relate to one another. This episode takes a look at how humor, science communication, and misinformation interact, highlighting empirical research done on the topic by Dr. Sara K. Yeo and colleagues.

Papers Discussed in Episode 3:

  • Yeo, S.K., Su, L.-F., Cacciatore, M. A., McKasy, M., & Qian, S. (2020). Predicting intentions to engage with scientific messages on Twitter: The roles of mirth and need for humor.  Science Communication, 42(4), 481-507. Link to paper.
  • Yeo, S.K., & McKasy, M. (2021). Emotion and humor as misinformation antidotes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(15).   Link to paper.

You can download a full transcript of the episode here.  All music in Ellice's SciComm Corner episodes are licensed under YouTube's Creative Commons License. 

Ellice Peck

Ellice Peck graduated from Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a concentration in neuroscience and is the founder of The Neuro Aesthetic, a science communication platform that offers helpful blog posts and resources for Ph.D. students and postdocs with an aesthetic twist. In addition to running her own business, Ellice works as a science communication intern for the Alda Center, helping to develop and design content for The Link.

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