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


Professor Emerita of Psychology
Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa, 50112 USA
Department Website


Psychology of Humor

Textbook: Gibson, J. M. (2019). An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor. New York: Routledge.

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.

Article: 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.

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

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

Science Fiction Novel

Jayel: Hands of a Healer
Available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle


In a fictional solar system, over centuries inhabitants of the planet Orim developed technology to terraform neighboring planets and traveled to the nearest star system. People within the Onus One and Onus Two star systems share one government, plentiful land, and extensive resources. Further, inhabitants benefit from the gifts of The Endowed, an elite organization of men and women who use their special abilities (including wisdom, strength, and telepathy) to solve social, intellectual, and environmental problems.

The story follows medical student Jayel who overhears her father, Governor of the planet Melandan, imply he killed his brother’s wife seventeen years ago. Both brothers are Endowed members. Jayel joins her uncle to uncover the truth and assists his son—who had been presumed dead—on an invention that digitizes and displays thoughts, a device which, among other uses, could help stroke patients communicate. Overcoming attacks and a lover’s betrayal, Jayel obtains the needed evidence. The heroine falls in love with a member of the Endowed. After Jayel's induction into the membership of the Endowed, her uncle begins the Elundrite, a trial by Endowed membership, where the truth is revealed, and healing begins.

Fans of Star Trek or Star Wars will enjoy this story where characters’ conflicts and relationships are forefront against cultural backgrounds of these fictional planets.




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Updated December, 2023.