Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Psychological Science


Zies, Brenda

Committee Member/Reader

Schroeder, David

Committee Member/Second Reader

Stauss, Kimberly

Committee Member/Third Reader

Kayser, Casey


Using humor and laughter within the health care field has the potential to be relevant to patients during treatment, to the patient-caregiver relationship, to the subjective well-being of health care providers, and to the environments’ (e.g., work settings) impact on group relationships (e.g., colleagues). A review of the literature examines how the psychological and physiological effects of laughter and humor within the human body impact health and well-being, how humor and laughter improve the patient-practitioner relationship, and if humor and laughter can potentially impact physician burnout. Several possible implications for these findings are discussed, such as professional medical comedians, improvements to medical education, and a theoretical technological application.