The Complete Short Works

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Social psychology is closely related to several other academic disciplines, includ- ing sociology, anthropology, and linguistics, each of which has made important con- tributions to our understanding of social aspects of humor. She found that humor in this context served to reinforce the hier- archical structure of the relationships among staff members. And since Totoro helps Satsuki find Mei, he is thus a gatekeeper to the realm of the dead. In this paper, we provide an in-depth cognitive analysis of a specific humor strategy we coin ‘‘trumping’’, a multi-agent language game that revolves around the subversion of the linguistic forms of exchange.

Extinction at the Pincers of Giant Ants: Writers, Their

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Officially adopted by the AATH Board of Directors on June 1, 2000. For an hour's work?'' cried the attorney, ''That's ridiculous! Three theories (emphasizing the cognitive foundations of humor) have achieved prominence: incongruity theory, relief theory, and superiority theory. Indeed, researchers investigating this trait have taken many different approaches, each focus- ing on somewhat different aspects of this complex phenomenon. Other videos and photos have been used together to depict Clinton as frail.

That's Not Funny, That's Sick: The National Lampoon and the

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He believed that humor and laughter evolved in humans as an antidote to sympathy, a protective reaction that shields us from the depressive influence of other people. Results of the debriefing process indicated that subjects did not guess the purpose of the study. This can therefore be per- ceived as funny, and the intention is usually to simply entertain a conversational partner. 8. Neither approach embodies the flexible yet systematic mode of inquiry, directed but open-ended analysis, and imaginative theorizing from empirical data that grounded theory methods can foster.

Faulkner and Humor

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Originally published in Pragmatics & Cognition 19:2 (2011) and 19:3 (2011). Other claims are essentially unfalsifiable and therefore of little scientific merit. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8(5), 141-144. Although there have been some inconsistent findings (e.g., Harrison et al., 2000; Hubert and de Jong-Meyer, 1991), the results of these investigations generally indicate that mirth is associated with increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system, the branch of the autonomic nervous system associated with the well-known fight-or-flight response (see McGhee, 1983b, for a review of early research).

Mark Twain, American Humorist (MARK TWAIN & HIS CIRCLE)

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When sense of humor is defined in terms of the appreciation of particular types of humorous material, genetic influ- ences appear to be negligible, and most of the variance can be attributed to both shared and unshared environmental effects. The "infinitizing" element of possibility becomes the realm of freedom, where even the most banal events can be "poeticized" by aesthetic sensibility. Loadings on the resulting varimax-rotated dimensions appear in Table 3.

A Great Emergency and Other Tales(Annotated)

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For example, we might surmise that the restaurant was in a nudist colony and the man was an entertainer rather than a patron of the restaurant. Fan theories are different — they struggle to find understanding within the universe of the games and its big mysteries. Of course, it could be that writing New Yorker captions isn’t how women best express humor. Infants' expectations in play: The joy of peek-a-boo. While exhilaration, in its common English meaning, contains a sense of excitement in addition to cheerfulness, Ruch suggested that this use of the term would de-emphasize the excitement component, underscoring instead the emotional quality of cheerfulness, amusement, and funniness.

Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of Comic

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I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded. "Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you." (Langston Hughes, American Poet.) "Laughter is by definition healthy." (Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize in Literature recipient.) "Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people." (Robert Benchley, American humorist.) AATH (n.d.). They wrote more captions overall, so they had more total successes. “Men are trying harder than women to make others laugh.

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

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Perhaps that is why, as Dr Morreall calculates in a forthcoming article in the journal Humor, 95% of the writings that he sampled from important Christian scholars through the centuries disapproved of humour, linking it to insincerity and idleness. When we need an insight, those associations are often the source of the answer. If you've arrived here by a link from somewhere else, then please visit the rest of The Humor Bin. In an experiment by Nancy Yovetich and her colleagues, stress was induced by falsely informing participants that they would receive a painful electric shock 12 minutes later (Yovetich, Dale, and Hudak, 1990).

Doggerel Ditties: in the style of Ogden Nash

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The Daily Herald, 27 June 1932. "Man is slightly nearer to the atom than the stars. McGhee (Eds.), The psychology of humor: Theoretical perspectives and empirical issues (pp. 61-80). Like changing the classic painting to read "this IS a pipe, asshole". The idea here is that when Mei goes missing, she actually drowns. Research with this measure has shown that the sense of humor scale is significantly correlated with a number of other measures of general playfulness in children, lending further support to the close link between humor and play (Barnett, 1991).

The Narrative Imagination: Comic Tales by Phillippe de

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In the picture below, someone with a flat network quickly and creatively hops – node to node – from peacock to Rolls Royce – something someone ‘linear’ in their thinking would struggle with. Discusses psychological theories of humor and explores Native American humor. Two elderly women were out driving in a large car – they could barely see over the dashboard. Any associations that are found between parents' behavior and their children's later sense of humor may be due to the genes that are shared by parents and children rather than to causal effects of the parental behavior on the child's sense of humor.