November 2, 2017

Why Should I Use Humor in the Classroom?

Season 2, Episode 5

Who says humor doesn’t belong in the classroom? Not Professor Benjamin White, whose comic chops turn ordinary Psychology lessons into a study of the human wit. While White emphasizes he doesn’t moonlight as a comedian, he actively plays for laughs throughout his courses and says it benefits his students. Join White as he discusses the psychology and neuroscience of humor—a talk so engaging, you won’t be heckling! 

 

Guest Biography

Benjamin White is a Professor of Psychology at Blinn College in Bryan, TX, where he teaches General Psychology, Social Psychology and the Psychology of Adjustment. He is also the Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Blinn College, and delivers professional development talks and workshops on various aspects of andragogy, teaching, presentation strategies and learning to faculty several times a semester. Prior to teaching, Benjamin has worked as a Researcher and Lab Manager at Texas A&M University, Brandeis University and Harvard University, where he has done research on several topics in social neuroscience and visual learning.

He has a special interest in developing better student experiences and works across disciplines to develop strategies for increasing student engagement. Benjamin also serves Blinn College as the Curriculum Resource Team Chair for the Department of Psychology and serves on the Strategic Planning committees for both the institution and division of social sciences.

 

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