Sociality effects on the production of laughter

Citation
Pg. Devereux et Gp. Ginsburg, Sociality effects on the production of laughter, J GEN PSYCH, 128(2), 2001, pp. 227-240
Citations number
58
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
227 - 240
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-1309(200104)128:2<227:SEOTPO>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Abstract
Certain facial displays (typically the human smile) have been found to vary with a situation's sociality. Because the facial display that accompanies laughter is under less voluntary control, it is a stronger test of socialit y effects. Participants (N = 162) were videotaped watching a humorous video clip in 1 of 3 conditions: alone, in a same-sex dyad with a stranger, or in a same-sex dyad with a friend. The frequency and time spent laughing were significantly greater in one or both dyadic conditions than in the alone co ndition, although no differences existed for self-reported evaluations of t he videoclip's funniness or amusement felt. When the self-report measures w ere controlled for, the dyads of strangers (compared with the alone conditi on) were associated with the frequency of laughter. Although the results pr ovide further support for sociality effects, the situational demands faced by participants may be a better predictor of facial displays than level of sociality.