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ERIC Number: EJ815565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
Incongruity as a Universal Component of Humor Appreciation: Some Hong Kong Data
Chik, Maria P. Y.; Molloy, Geoffrey N.; Leung, C. S. Benjamin
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v5 p40-54 2005
The development of a humor measure was described in a brief report in this journal. In that report, a series of suitable congruous and incongruous pictures were developed with a community sample of children. The findings of that study were consistent with those reported by others (Chik, 2001; Masten, 1989; Schultz, 1972), indicating that incongruity is an essential component of humor appreciation. With a larger (n = 140) and more representative sample, we embarked on a follow-up validation study. The findings of the present study provide further support for the universality of the incongruity as an essential component of humor appreciation across age and cultures. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong