ERIC Number: ED162367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Intelligence: A Factor in the Understanding and Appreciation of Editorial Satire.
Gruner, Charles R.
A study involving 59 undergraduate speech communication students investigated relationships between intelligence, understanding of editorial satire, and appreciation of satire. The students were asked to read three satirical essays and then to pick one of five statements that best described the thesis as intended by the author. Then each satire was rated on a seven-step scale from "extremely funny" to "extremely unfunny." Analysis of variance indicated that better understanding of satire was significantly associated with higher Scholastic Aptitude Test verbal (but not quantitative) scores. Funniness ratings were significantly correlated with verbal SAT scores and with understanding of a satirical intent for only one of the three essays used. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)