College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Winter 3-25-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Suzanne Bell, PhD

Second Advisor

Jane Halpert, PhD

Third Advisor

Shelly Rauvola, PhD


Due to its ability to influence social interactions and relationships, humor can play an important role in team dynamics. The aims of this project are to examine how team member individual differences in humor styles relates to the expression of humor over time, and how humor usage shapes relationships between team members. Hypotheses were tested using data from highly interdependent teams working together over an extended period. Results have implications for the selection of team members, and the training and management of unique teams. In all, this research provides validation evidence for the HSQ measure as a predictor of humor behaviors within teams, begins to shed light on how humor training can be used to decrease aggressive humor in specific teams, and highlights the importance of unstructured, casual activities to allow for positive humor flow.

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