Contextual connections to puns in fables: Perceived humor

Citation
Lg. Lippman et al., Contextual connections to puns in fables: Perceived humor, J GEN PSYCH, 128(2), 2001, pp. 157-169
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0022-1309 → ACNP
Volume
128
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
157 - 169
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-1309(200104)128:2<157:CCTPIF>2.0.ZU;2-F
Abstract
Adding material that provided an associative connection to a pun enhances p erceived humor, as shown in a previous series of studies. Because those res ults had been based on one-sentence statements that may have relied, in par t, on brevity for humor, the purpose of the present study was to evaluate r eactions to context and puns (mostly spoonerisms) with more lengthy materia l to add generality to those findings. Three within-subject studies were co nducted in which short fables were manipulated systematically such that the final sentence was or was not a pun and contextual information pertaining to both meanings of the pun was or was not present in the body of the stori es. Results showed that the pun itself was a powerful contributor to percei ved humor and cleverness and that contextual information amplified those pe rceptions. Arousal, surprise, and detection of appropriate incongruity are discussed.