Principal Lecturer and Team Leader for Psychology
Securing funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, I followed my research interest in Personality and Humour and spent the next three years completing my PhD and teaching at the University of Zurich, Switzerland with a summa cum laude.
I have also worked in two large research consortiums. The first, working on ILAHIRE, an EU project FP7 which aimed at incorporating laughter into Human Avatar interactions, and the second for NCCR Lives, a Swiss National research group which aimed at researching overcoming vulnerability from a life course perspective.
Ruch, Willibald, Heintz, Sonja, Gander, Fabian, Hofmann, Jennifer, Platt, Tracey and Proyer, Rene T. (2020) The long and winding road: A comprehensive analysis of 50 years of Eysenck instruments for the assessment of personality. Personality and Individual Differences. ISSN 0191-8869
Heintz, Sonja, Ruch, Willibald, Aykan, Simge, Brdar, Ingrid, Brzozowska, Dorota, Carretero-Dios, Hugo, Chen, Hsueh-Chih, Chłopicki, Władysław, Choi, Incheol, Dionigi, Alberto, Ďurka, Robert, Ford, Thomas, Güsewell, Angelika, Isler, Robert, Ivanova, Alyona, Laineste, Liisi, Lajčiaková, Petra, Lau, Chloe, Lee, Minha, Măda, Stanca, Martin-Krumm, Charles, Mendiburo-Seguel, Andrés, Migiwa, Ifu, Mustafi, Nailya, Oshio, Atsushi, Platt, Tracey, Proyer, René T., Quiroga-Garza, Angélica, Ramis, Tamil Selvan, Săftoiu, Răzvan, Saklofske, Donald H., Shcherbakova, Olga V., Slezackova, Alena, Stalikas, Anastasios, Stokenberga, Ieva, Torres-Marín, Jorge and Wong, Peter S.O. (2019) Benevolent and corrective humor, life satisfaction, and broad humor dimensions: Extending the nomological network of the BenCor across 25 countries. Journal of Happiness Studies.. ISSN 1389-4978
Ruch, Willibald, Platt, Tracey, Proyer, René T and Chen, Hsueh-Chih (2019) Editorial: Humor and Laughter, Playfulness and Cheerfulness: Upsides and Downsides to a Life of Lightness. Frontiers in psychology, 10. p. 730. ISSN 1664-1078
Ruch, Willibald, Heintz, Sonja, Platt, Tracey, Wagner, Lisa and Proyer, René T. (2018) Broadening Humor: Comic Styles Differentially Tap into Temperament, Character, and Ability. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (6). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1664-1078
Hofmann, Jennifer, Platt, Tracey and Ruch, Willibald (2017) Laughter and Smiling in 16 Positive Emotions. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 8 (4). pp. 495-507. ISSN 1949-3045
Ruch, Willibald, Gander, Fabian, Platt, Tracey and Hofmann, Jennifer (2016) Team roles: Their relationships to character strengths and job satisfaction. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13 (2). pp. 190-199. ISSN 1743-9760
Hofmann, Jennifer, Platt, Tracey, Ruch, Willibald, Niewiadomski, Radoslaw and Urbain, Jérôme (2015) The influence of a virtual companion on amusement when watching funny films. Motivation and Emotion, 39 (3). pp. 434-447. ISSN 0146-7239
Ruch, Willibald F, Platt, Tracey, Hofmann, Jennifer, Niewiadomski, R, Urbain, J, Mancini, Maurizio and Dupont, S (2014) Gelotophobia and the Challenges of Implementing Laughter into Virtual Agents Interactions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 (928). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1662-5161
- Positive social interactions
- Positive emotions
- Non-verbal expressions of emotions (Facial Action Coding System)
- Humour and laughter
- Class Clowns
- Positive team roles
Invitation to participate in the following study: Exploring the uptake of COVID-19 guidance behaviours by the general public.