Peter McGraw

Co-Author, The Humor Code

Peter McGraw

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Dr. Peter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a leading expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral decision theory. His research examines the interrelationship of judgment, emotion and choice, with a focus on consumer behavior, public policy, and his latest obsession – what makes things funny.

Holding appointments in marketing at the Leeds School of Business and in social psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, McGraw teaches courses in consumer behavior, decision making, and advertising. He has published over forty academic papers in outlets such as Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Management Science. McGraw’s work has been covered by NPR, Nightline, the BBC, Wired, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times.

McGraw’s latest claim to fame is he made the Stylish Scientist List – probably because he likes to rock a sweater vest.


Workshop Name: Humor Hackathon

Workshop Date & Time: May 2, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Description: Want to improve your funny bone? Come learn what makes things funny – and test your ability to make things that help make the world a funnier place. You’ll learn that you need to bring together people to create products that are A) humorous or B) help people learn and practice how to be humorous.

In a Nutshell

– Learn the scientific underpinnings of comedy
– Form a team to “Hack” together a humor “product”
– Have fun
– Present your product to judges and see who wins!


Comedy Keynote: Peter McGraw

Keynote Date & Time: May 2, 1:40pm – 2:00pm


Keynote: Peter McGraw

Keynote Date & Time: May 3, 4:15pm – 4:45pm

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