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ERIC Number: ED358967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-14
Pages: 10
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Young Children's Jokes: A Cognitive Developmental Perspective.
Chaney, Carolyn
This study examines the earliest jokes produced by three children and investigates how these jokes contribute to a model of humor development. Subjects were three male infants, and data was collected through a diary record procedure kept by the children's parents. Data was collected on one child at age 13 months; data collection for the other two children occurred between the ages of 20 through 36 months. The parents recorded only those jokes that their children appeared to find funny. Jokes from two of the children are examined through the framework of McGhee's four developmental stages of humor. Analysis showed that these children appreciated incongruity as well as other kinds of surprises, such as surprising similarity or the fulfillment of expectations. Results also indicated that these children's humor may reflect greater cognitive capacities at younger ages than was formerly believed. Examples of children's jokes from this study are appended. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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