Dr Sonja Heintz
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Dr Sonja Heintz

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)

Lecturer in Psychology

Qualifications

  • Lecturer in Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK, 2020–
  • Senior teaching and research assistant, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2018–2020
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2017–2019
  • Teaching assistant, Swiss Distance Learning University, Switzerland, 2016–2019
  • Research and teaching assistant, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2012–2017 
  • PhD in Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2018
  • Dipl.-Psych. (equivalent to MSc) in Psychology, Saarland University, Germany, 2012

Professional membership

  • International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS)
  • European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA)
  • Swiss Positive Psychology Association (SWIPPA) (founding member)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
  • International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID)
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
  • Chartered membership (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Key publications

Heintz S, Ruch W, Platt T, Pang D, Carretero-Dios H, Dionigi A, Argüello Gutiérrez C, Brdar I, Brzozowska D & Chen H-C 2018 'Psychometric Comparisons of Benevolent and Corrective Humor across 22 Countries: The Virtue Gap in Humor Goes International' Frontiers in Psychology 9, , DOI Open access
Heintz S & Ruch W 2018 'From four to nine styles: An update on individual differences in humor' Personality and Individual Differences 141, 7-12 , DOI Open access
Ruch W, Heintz S, Platt T, Wagner L & Proyer RT 2018 'Broadening Humor: Comic Styles Differentially Tap into Temperament, Character, and Ability' Frontiers in Psychology 9, , DOI Open access
Heintz S 2020 'Separating Content and Structure in Humor Appreciation: A Bimodal Structural Equation Modeling Approach' Journal of Individual Differences 41, (1) 37-44 , DOI Open access
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Teaching interests

I teach on personality, social psychology, psychometrics, positive psychology, and humour.

Undergraduate

  • PSYC414 Relationships
  • PSYC514 Individual Differences, Social and Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC601 Current Topics in Psychology 1
  • PSYC605 Research Project
  • Supervision of final year projects on personality, humour, and positive psychology

Postgraduate: 
  • PSYC704 Individual Differences, Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Supervision of dissertation projects on positive psychology

Research interests

My research interests are individual differences and psychometrics with a focus on humour and positive psychology. Specific topics include humour/comic styles, humour behaviours (e.g., humour comprehension, appreciation and production), creativity, positive personality traits, character strengths, positive emotions, and wellbeing.

Grants & contracts

  • S Heintz (2019): Travel grant for a research stay with A/Prof Luke Smillie (University of Melbourne, Australia), awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland (SFR 7,100)
  • S Heintz (2018): Travel grant for a research stay with Prof William Revelle (Northwestern University, USA), awarded by the Graduate Campus, University of Zurich, Switzerland (SFR 2,500)
  • S Heintz (2016): Laughing at oneself—Does it make us happy or ill? Awarded by the “Stiftung Humor und Gesundheit” [Foundation for humour and health], Basel, Switzerland (SFR 500)

Key publications

Heintz S, Ruch W, Platt T, Pang D, Carretero-Dios H, Dionigi A, Argüello Gutiérrez C, Brdar I, Brzozowska D & Chen H-C 2018 'Psychometric Comparisons of Benevolent and Corrective Humor across 22 Countries: The Virtue Gap in Humor Goes International' Frontiers in Psychology 9, , DOI Open access
Heintz S & Ruch W 2018 'From four to nine styles: An update on individual differences in humor' Personality and Individual Differences 141, 7-12 , DOI Open access
Ruch W, Heintz S, Platt T, Wagner L & Proyer RT 2018 'Broadening Humor: Comic Styles Differentially Tap into Temperament, Character, and Ability' Frontiers in Psychology 9, , DOI Open access
Heintz S 2020 'Separating Content and Structure in Humor Appreciation: A Bimodal Structural Equation Modeling Approach' Journal of Individual Differences 41, (1) 37-44 , DOI Open access

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Ruch W, Heintz S, Gander F, Hofmann J, Platt T & Proyer RT 2020 'The long and winding road: A comprehensive analysis of 50 years of Eysenck instruments for the assessment of personality' Personality and Individual Differences 110070-110070 , DOI Open access
Stahlmann AG, Hofmann J, Ruch W, Heintz S & Clifton JDW 2020 'The higher-order structure of primal world beliefs in German-speaking countries: Adaptation and initial validation of the German Primals Inventory (PI-66-G)' Personality and Individual Differences 163, 110054-110054 , DOI Open access
Mendiburo-Seguel A & Heintz S 2020 'Who shows which kind of humor? Exploring sociodemographic differences in eight comic styles in a large Chilean sample' Scandinavian Journal of Psychology , DOI Open access
Heintz S 2020 'Separating Content and Structure in Humor Appreciation: A Bimodal Structural Equation Modeling Approach' Journal of Individual Differences 41, (1) 37-44 , DOI Open access
Forabosco G, Dionigi A, Cioni F & Heintz S 2020 'Umorismo e intelligenza. Uno studio sperimentale [Humor and intelligence. An experimental study]' Rivista Italiana di Studi sull’Umorismo 3, (1) 24-35 Open access
Vylobkova V, Heintz S & Gander F 2019 'Stärkenbasierte Interventionen in der Positiven Psychologie. [Strengths-based interventions in Positive Psychology.]' Report Psychologie 44, (11) 14-21 Open access
Ruch W & Heintz S 2019 'On the dimensionality of humorous conduct and associations with humor traits and behaviors' HUMOR 32, (4) 643-666 , DOI Open access
Heintz S, Ruch W, Aykan S, Brdar I, Brzozowska D, Carretero-Dios H, Chen H-C, Chlopicki W, Choi I & Dionigi A 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 , DOI Open access
Heintz S 2019 'Do Others Judge My Humor Style as I Do? Self-Other Agreement and Construct Validity of the Humor Styles Questionnaire' European Journal of Psychological Assessment 35, (5) 625-632 , DOI Open access
Forabosco G, Dionigi A, Cioni F & Heintz S 2019 'Barzellette: comprensione e divertimento. Uno studio preliminare [Jokes: comprehension and funninness. A preliminary study]' Rivista Italiana di Studi sull’Umorismo 2, (2) 90-100 Open access
Mendiburo-Seguel A & Heintz S 2019 'Comic styles and their relation to the sense of humor, humor appreciation, acceptability of prejudice, humorous self-image and happiness' HUMOR 0, (0) , DOI Open access
Heintz S 2019 'Locating eight comic styles in basic and broad concepts of humor: Findings from self-reports and behavior tests' Current Psychology , DOI Open access
Heintz S & Ruch W 2019 'Character Strengths and Job Satisfaction: Differential Relationships Across Occupational Groups and Adulthood' Applied Research in Quality of Life , DOI Open access
Hofmann J, Heintz S, Pang D & Ruch W 2019 'Differential Relationships of Light and Darker Forms of Humor with Mindfulness' Applied Research in Quality of Life , DOI Open access
Heintz S & Ruch W 2018 'From four to nine styles: An update on individual differences in humor' Personality and Individual Differences 141, 7-12 , DOI Open access
Heintz S & Ruch W 2018 'Can self-defeating humor make you happy? Cognitive interviews reveal the adaptive side of the self-defeating humor style' HUMOR 31, (3) 451-472 , DOI Open access
Linge-Dahl LM, Heintz S, Ruch W & Radbruch L 2018 'Humor Assessment and Interventions in Palliative Care: A Systematic Review' Frontiers in Psychology 9, , DOI Open access
Ruch W & Heintz S 2018 'Psychometric evaluation of the revised Sense of Humor Scale and the construction of a parallel form' HUMOR 31, (2) 235-257 , DOI Open access
Heintz S, Ruch W, Platt T, Pang D, Carretero-Dios H, Dionigi A, Argüello Gutiérrez C, Brdar I, Brzozowska D & Chen H-C 2018 'Psychometric Comparisons of Benevolent and Corrective Humor across 22 Countries: The Virtue Gap in Humor Goes International' Frontiers in Psychology 9, , DOI Open access
Ruch W, Heintz S, Platt T, Wagner L & Proyer RT 2018 'Broadening Humor: Comic Styles Differentially Tap into Temperament, Character, and Ability' Frontiers in Psychology 9, , DOI Open access
Ruch W, Wagner L & Heintz S 2018 'Humor, the PEN model of personality, and subjective well-being: Support for differential relationships with eight comic styles' Rivista Italiana di Studi sull’Umorismo Open access
Heintz S, Kramm C & Ruch W 2017 'A meta-analysis of gender differences in character strengths and age, nation, and measure as moderators' The Journal of Positive Psychology 14, (1) 103-112 , DOI Open access
Ruch W & Heintz S 2017 'Experimentally Manipulating Items Informs on the (Limited) Construct and Criterion Validity of the Humor Styles Questionnaire' Frontiers in Psychology 8, , DOI Open access
Heintz S 2017 'Putting a spotlight on daily humor behaviors: Dimensionality and relationships with personality, subjective well-being, and humor styles' Personality and Individual Differences 104, 407-412 , DOI Open access
Ruch W & Heintz S 2016 'The German Version of the Humor Styles Questionnaire: Psychometric Properties and Overlap With Other Styles of Humor' Eur J Psychol 12, (3) 434-455 Author Site , DOI Open access
Heintz S & Ruch W 2016 'Reply to Martin (2015): Why our conclusions hold' HUMOR 29, (1) 125-129 , DOI Open access
Ruch W & Heintz S 2016 'The virtue gap in humor: Exploring benevolent and corrective humor' Translational Issues in Psychological Science 2, (1) 35-45 , DOI Open access
Heintz S & Ruch W 2015 'An examination of the convergence between the conceptualization and the measurement of humor styles: A study of the construct validity of the Humor Styles Questionnaire' HUMOR 28, (4) 611-633 , DOI Open access
Kray J, Schmitt H, Heintz S & Blaye A 2015 'Does verbal labeling influence age differences in proactive and reactive cognitive control?' Developmental Psychology 51, (3) 378-391 , DOI Open access
Ruch W, Martínez-Martí ML, Heintz S & Brouwers SA 2014 'Short Form of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire for the German-Speaking Countries: Development and analysis of the psychometric properties' Swiss Journal of Psychology 73, (4) 225-234 , DOI Open access
Ruch W & Heintz S 2013 'Humour styles, personality and psychological well-being: What’s humour got to do with it?' European Journal of Humour Research 1, (4) 1-24 , DOI Open access
Unger K, Heintz S & Kray J 2012 'Punishment sensitivity modulates the processing of negative feedback but not error-induced learning' Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6, , DOI Open access
Chapters
Heintz S & Hofmann J 2020 'Humor' in Glăveanu VP The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible Palgrave Macmillan, Cham , DOI
Ruch W & Heintz S 2019 'Humor Production and Creativity: Overview and Recommendations' Creativity and Humor Elsevier 1-42 , DOI
Ruch W & Heintz S 2014 'Factor Analysis of Humor Scales' in Attardo S Encyclopedia of humor studies SAGE Publications, Inc. 228-231 , DOI
Ruch W & Heintz S 2014 'Test Measurements of Humor' in Attardo S Encyclopedia of humor studies SAGE Publications, Inc. 759-761 , DOI

Links

Google Scholar profile (publications): https://scholar.google.ch/citations?user=6eKfURgAAAAJ

Scopus profile (publications): www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=56419783700

Publons profile (reviews): https://publons.com/a/1587695/