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ERIC Number: ED020784
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 23
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COGNITIVE PROCESSES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN'S APPRECIATION OF HUMOR.
ZIGLER, EDWARD; AND OTHERS
THIS STUDY INVESTIGATED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILDREN'S HUMOR RESPONSE AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT. BY USING CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT GRADE LEVELS AS SUBJECTS, IT WAS ASSUMED THAT THE STUDY WOULD INCLUDE SEVERAL LEVELS OF COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT. TWENTY-FIVE CARTOONS WERE SHOWN TO 64 TEST CHILDREN. THE TEST CHILDREN WERE CHOSEN FROM GRADES TWO, THREE, FOUR, AND FIVE ON THE BASIS OF HAVING AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE AND ABILITY. EACH CHILD WAS SHOWN THE CARTOONS TWICE, ONCE TO OBTAIN THE CHILD'S SPONTANEOUS MIRTH RESPONSE AND HIS OPINION OF THE HUMOROUSNESS OF THE CARTOON AND AGAIN TO OBTAIN AN IDEA OF HIS COMPREHENSION OF THE JOKE INVOLVED. AN ANALYSIS OF THE THREE TYPES OF SCORES OBTAINED, (1) THE CHILD'S STATEMENT OF WHETHER THE CARTOON WAS FUNNY OR NOT, (2) THE CHILD'S FACIAL MIRTH RESPONSE, AND (3) THE CHILD'S COMPREHENSION SCORE, SHOWED THE EXISTENCE OF A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MIRTH RESPONSE AND DEGREE OF COMPREHENSION. AS THE COMPREHENSION OF THE CARTOONS BECAME EASIER FOR THE CHILDREN, HOWEVER, MIRTH RESPONSE DECLINED. THE MIRTH RESPONSE INCREASED FROM GRADES TWO TO FOUR BUT DECREASED FOR ALL LEVELS OF COMPREHENSION IN GRADE FIVE. THESE FINDINGS INDICATE THAT PERHAPS THE NATURE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMOR APPRECIATION AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IS SUCH THAT CARTOONS WHICH REQUIRE GREATER COGNITIVE ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND ELICIT A GREATER HUMOR RESPONSE. (WD)
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Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.
Identifiers: CHILDRENS MIRTH RESPONSE TEST