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Humor and Psychology


Your formative report will concern Humour and Psychology). In the time before the next tutorial find 3-4 journal articles that they think any be relevant (they might describe psychological theories of humour or individual differences in what people find humourous for instance). Use the reference list of the 2008 article by Wimer & Beins (available in the ‘Assignments’ section of the Moodle page, under the Humour and Psychology Turnitin link) as a starting point.

1 Humour has innumerable manifestations and even more distinctive characteristics. The attempt to formulate a definition of risks, from one of the closely study one or two modules and, on the other hand, the abstruse repudiation multiple sides.

According to David J. Wimer, Bernard C. Beins, (2008), the evaluation of the humour or a specific joke by a person, is a result of too much information due to the fact that there is no definite metric for recognizing how comical humour can actually be. David J. and Bernard C. used two methods to examine the perception of the participants in how funny a joke can be. The first experiment verifies the fact that cognitive reactions to humour are influenced by data that participants receive. Afterwards, they reiterate the same test in groups in order to confirm 2‘that, previous research suggests, being part of a group affects humour responses’. According to the research, as jokes do not have inherent level of funniness, people’s perception of jokes is affected by information they receive from others.

It is referred that high socialized people have a greater sense of humour. Plenty of factors may influence this relation between socialization and humour fields. Survey was carried out applied to measure Humour, Emotional Intelligence and Social Competence through tests and questionnaires (HSQ, ICQ). The results showed that woman scored less than men on aggressive humour. Furthermore due to trait EI women scored more than men in any field except the emotional perspective. It is also claimed that people who got a higher score on self-enhancing and affiliate humour are more capable and willing to initiate relationships. Referring to the article by using these two successful and positive styles of humour is easier to ‘’strike up conversations with strangers and initiate new friendships’’. Authors Jeremy A. and Rod A. Martin prove through their research that humour is actually related to the successful socialization and emotional intelligence.

There is a discussion also about the relation between humour and genders. Both genders use humour in the same-sex or mixed-sex as a tool for the equality of the two genders. Women, based on feminism, are using the humour in order to degrade the dynamic nature of men. Understanding of the social context in the field of humour comes through the survey results; and in the view of influences of feminism, further questions are posed through the integrated survey, such as the way that women use the humour when they are part of a same-sex group.

1Pirandello L., On Humor, found at: http://www.pirandelloweb.com/english/1921_Six_characters_in_search_of_an_author/Six_Characters_cover.htm

2 David J. Wimer, Bernard C. Beins, (2008), ‘Expectations and perceived humor’, pp.357, Walter de Gruyter.


David J. Wimer, Bernard C. Beins, (2008), ‘Expectations and perceived humor’, pp.347-363, Walter de Gruyter. [Accessed 18 October 2012].

Jeremy A. Yip, Rod A. Martin, ‘Sense of humour (nd), emotional intelligence, and social competence’, Journal in Research in Personality, 40(6) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092656605000577. [Accessed 15 October 2012].

Mary C., ‘Gender and Humour in Social Context’, Journal of Pragmatics, 35(9)

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378216602001832. [Accessed 15 October 2012].