Home Page of Janet M. Gibson, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Psychology
Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa, 50112 USA
email: gibsonj@grinnell.edu

My quick links:
Department's Home Page (external) | Department Home Page on GrinnellShare
Dean's Office | GrinnellShare | Self-service
Library | A-Z electronic Databases | PsycInfo | PioneerWeb | Grinnell College home page (external) | Outlook |


Recent Publications

Kishor, V., Rose, P.,Segrist, D. J., Rousell, M. A., Meyer K., Sultanoff, S., Gibson, J.M., et al. (2021). Teach psychology with a sense of humor: Why (and how to) be a funnier and more effective psychology teacher and laugh all the way to your classroom. Kindle Edition.

Gibson, J.M. (2020). Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here's what the research shows. The Conversation, November 23, 2020. | reprinted in The Washington Post Dec. 3, 2020 | reprinted on CNN Health online, April 1, 2023.

Gibson, J. M. (2019).  An introduction to the psychology of humor. New York: Routledge.

Gibson, J. M. (April, 2019) Academic Minute: Humor and human behavior.

Gibson, J.M. (2016). Getting serious about funny: Psychologists see humor as a character strength. The Conversation, August 24, 2016.

Vertilo, V., & Gibson, J. M (2014). Influence of character strengths on mental-health stigma. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 266-275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2014.891245

Gibson, J. M. (2012).  Empirical investigations on priming of word-stem completion.  In N. Hsu & Z Schütt (Eds.), Psychology of priming (pp. 1-48). Hauppauge, NY:  Nova Science.

Brooks, J. O. III, & Gibson, J. M. (2012).  Factor analysis of eight implicit memory measures. In N. Hsu & Z Schütt (Eds.), Psychology of priming (pp. 245-263). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Recent Presentations

Wang, B., & Gibson, J. M. Word Content and Order Influence Speech Prediction and Comprehension. Poster presented at 61st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, November 21, 2020.

Gibson, J. M. Psychology of Humor for Seniors. Talk presented for SE*ED program, Drake Library, August 12, 2019.

Gibson, J. M. Humor, Memory, and Creativity. Talk presented at the 31st Convention of the International Society for Humor Studies, Austin, TX, June 26, 2019.

Gibson, J. M. Correlating Ratings of Funniness with Cognition and Humor Measures. Poster presented at the 29th Convention of the International Society for Humor Studies, Montreal, Canada, July 12, 2017.

Gibson, J. M., Alto, A., & Burnette, T. E. Linking Psychology of Humor and Cognition. Poster presented at the 2017 Convention of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, April 20, 2017.

Gibson, J. M. The Psychology of Humor: A Serious Study of Funny. Two 1.5 hour talks for the ACES program, Drake Library, June 8 and 15, 2016.

Johnson, D., & Gibson, J. M. Conditional Inferences Differentiate Mental Logic and Mental Models Predictions.  Poster presented at the 2013 Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, November 15, 2013.

Shaw, A., Briggs, M., & Gibson, J. M. On the Relationship Between Time Management and Executive Functioning through Time Estimation. Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 25, 2013.

Vertilo, V., & Gibson, J. M. Influence of Character Strengths on Mental Health Stigma. Poster presented at the 2013 Convention of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, May 4, 2013.

Gustafson, S., Tseng, C., Yoon, E., & Gibson, J. M. The Effect of Glucose on Prospective Memory. Poster presented at the 2013 Convention of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, May 3, 2013.

Personal Creations

Poems | Essays | Short Stories | Cartoon story

 "If psychology thinks the mind is the brain, then I observe that psychology has lost its mind." --J. M. Gibson


Word Norms and Databases | Picture and Faces Databases

Psychology Resources ( links to organizations, Web sites info on Psychology including careers and graduate schools)

Recommended Reading for Psych Majors

Last modified April 2023