Dr Gil Greengross

BS in Behavioral Sciences (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) MS Statistics (University of New Mexico) MS Evolutionary Anthropology (University of New Mexico) PhD Evolutionary Anthropology (University of New Mexico).

Dr Gil Greengross

Lecturer in Psychology

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I am originally from Israel, where I received my undergraduate degree in psychology, anthropology and sociology. I earned my Master's degree in statistics and a PhD in evolutionary anthropology from the University of New Mexico.

I am an evolutionary psychologist, studying the evolutionary roots of everyday behaviours and emotions. My main area of research focuses on the evolution of humour and laughter, what makes people laugh, and how humour is used in mating and mate choice. My work is largely interdisciplinary and is drawn from psychology, anthropology, biology and consumer behaviour. I also have a strong interest in studying people with extreme creative abilities, such as stand-up comedians and other artists. I look forward to engaging students in teaching and research on these subjects.



My main areas of research are evolutionary psychology and psychology of humour and laughter. I take an interdisciplinary approach to understand humour and other everyday behaviours using established theories within the evolutionary paradigm, such as sexual selection and life history.

In my humour research, I study why people use and enjoy humour, individual and sex difference in humour production and appreciation, and specifically the importance of humour to mating and mate choice. I also study people with extreme humour abilities, such as stand-up comedians and improv artists, further aiming to understand the roots of sense of humour and the creative mind.

Other research interests include creativity and intelligence, positive psychology, marketing and consumer behaviour, quantitative methods and statistics, and philosophy of science.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 10:30-12
  • Thursday 10:30-12


Health among comedy performers: Susceptibility to contagious diseases among improvisational artistsGreengross, G. & Martin, R. A. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Humor.
Male production of humor produced by sexually selected psychological adaptations: Evolutionary perspectives on human sexual psychology and behavior.Greengross, G. 2014 Evolutionary perspectives on human sexual psychology and behavior. Weekes-Shackelford, V. A. & Shackelford, T. K. (eds.). New York, NY US: Springer Nature, p. 173-19624 p. (Evolutionary Psychology)
Using Evolutionary Theory to Enhance the Brain Imaging ParadigmSaad, G. & Greengross, G. 2014 In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.8, 3 p., 452
Humor and aging - a mini-reviewGreengross, G. 2013 In : Gerontology.59, 5, p. 448-4536 p.
Review of Humor 101Greengross, G. 2012 In : Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.6, 4, p. 371-3744 p.
Childhood experiences of professional comedians: Peer and parent relationships and humor use.Greengross, G., Martin, R. A. & Miller, G. F. 2012 In : Humor.25, 4, p. 491-50515 p.
Personality traits, intelligence, humor styles, and humor production ability of professional stand-up comedians compared to college studentsGreengross, G., Martin, R. A. & Miller, G. F. 2012 In : Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.6, 1, p. 74-829 p.
Inside" Inside Jokes": The hidden side of humor. A review of Matthew M. Hurley, Daniel C. Dennett, and Reginald B. Adams Jr., Inside jokes: Using humor to reverse-engineer the mindGreengross, G. & Mankoff, R. 2012 In : Evolutionary Psychology.10, 3, p. 443-45614 p.
Humor ability reveals intelligence, predicts mating success, and is higher in malesGreengross, G. & Miller, G. F. 2011 In : Swarm Intelligence.39, 4, p. 188-1925 p.
The Big Five personality traits of professional comedians compared to amateur comedians, comedy writers, and college studentsGreengross, G. & Miller, G. F. 2009 In : Personality and Individual Differences.47, 2, p. 79-835 p.
Book Review: Survival of the funniestGreengross, G. 2008 In : Evolutionary Psychology.6, 1, p. 90-956 p.
Dissing oneself versus dissing rivals: Effects of status, personality, and sex on the short-term and long-term attractiveness of self-deprecating and other-deprecating humorGreengross, G. & Miller, G. F. 2008 In : Evolutionary Psychology.6, 3, p. 393-40816 p.