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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Lighten Up!: How to Be

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For centuries politicians, citizens, and elites have marveled at and even feared its powerful—and magical—influence on public opinion. Laughter, according to Marteinson, serves to reset and re-boot the faculty of social perception, which has been rendered non-functional by the comic situation: it anesthetizes the mind with its euphoria, and permits the forgetting of the comic stimulus, as well as the well-known function of communicating the humorous reaction to other members of society. [43] Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller contends that, from an evolutionary perspective, humour would have had no survival value to early humans living in the savannas of Africa.

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I'd Rather Laugh: How to be Happy Even When Life Has Other

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Similarly, Alden et al. (1993) found that a majority of humorous advertising in various cultures contained incongruent cognitive structures, indicating that ads with incongruity-resolution principles may have the ability to generate humor in diverse cultures. If an advertisement can make audiences smile, laugh or feel happy, it can thus be considered a humorous advertisement [ ]. Self-face and other-face concerns explain the conflict negotiation between people from various cultures.

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Mark Twain: The Gift of Humor

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The billions of dollars spent on various forms of comedy each year further attest to the high value placed on the emo- tional pleasure associated with humor. Because an inferiority complex posses a threat to the ego, a defense mechanism called “compensation” is used to protect it. Category: Harry Potter - Rating: NC-17 - Genres: Erotica, Humor, Romance - Characters: Dumbledore, Fred, George, Harry, Hermione, Professor McGonagall - Warnings: [!!!] [X] - Published: 2006-05-11 - Updated: 2006-05-11 - 6113 words - Complete Harry and Hermione spend time studying... and they happen to read a book or two as well Category: Harry Potter - Rating: NC-17 - Genres: Erotica, Humor, Romance - Characters: Harry, Hermione - Warnings: [!!!] [X] - Published: 2006-05-14 - Updated: 2006-05-15 - 7352 words - Complete Harry and Hermione head to the Burrow for the Wedding.

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That's Not Funny, That's Sick: The National Lampoon and the

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The irrationality of artistic production is the same as the intuition that allows us to recognize the good. Polaroids /nm./: what polar bears get from sitting on ice caps. "Campaigns to bearproof all garbage containers in wild areas have been difficult because, as one biologist put it, 'There is a considerable overlap between the intelligence levels of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists'." "The human body was designed by a civil engineer. Nonetheless, it remains possible that these emotions and behaviors may have some physiological and psycho- logical concomitants that could indirectly affect aspects of health.

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume

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As we will see in the next chapter, theorists and researchers continue to make refinements to the ideas and research methodologies of the earlier incongruity theorists. Did you just ask the waiter for ice water or horse liver? Albert Einstein did not suspect the truth.. that just as COLD is the absence of HEAT, LIGHT is actually the ABSENCE of DARK... scientists have now proven that light does not really exist! La Verrier called his hypothetical planet Vulcan, after the Roman god of fire.

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Handbook of Humor Research: Volume II: Applied Studies

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Similar findings of humor-related increases in S-IgA have been obtained in three other experiments (Labott et al., 1990; Lambert and Lambert, 1995; Perera et al., 1998). When Adam isn't improving movies, he writes about real-world fan theories (i.e. conspiracy theories) for his website and regularly drops truth bombs on Twitter. Her amusing threats humor took no was a werewolves problem personal emails preserved on benefits I doubt it. But that support ironically creates a sense of audience, of fandom and voyeurism, the pink ribbons becoming our admission tickets to the new national pastime.

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Mocking the Age: The Later Novels of Philip Roth (SUNY

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For example, Arthur Koestler (1964) considered humor, scientific discovery, and artistic creation (all of which involve the process of bisociation) to be forms of creativity. Introverts tend to shy away from social interaction. Or, they have second order beliefs (e.g., that our beliefs should be treated with utmost seriousness) that make it unlikely that they will flicker between competing belief sets they do see.

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The Game of Humor: A Comprehensive Theory of Why We Laugh

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Indeed, little has been done to trace the development of humor from the earliest manifestations to the extremely complex social phenomena we encounter in adulthood. This method appears to be particu- larly useful for examining popular conceptions of what a sense of humor is, as well as providing a method for quantifying similarities and differences in humor styles between individuals and examining relationships between various humor styles and other personality traits and behaviors.

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Occupy The Roads

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See Psychoanalytic theory of humor Friendship, 134, 300-301 Frontal lobe, 172, 179, 181, 184, 265 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), 175, 181-85 Funniness of humor and aggressive content, 50 and aversiveness, 201 and comprehension difficulty, 24344 and humor comprehension, 60, 202 and physiological arousal, 60-61, 163 and punch line predictability, 71 and semantic distance, 93-94 and speed of comprehension, 87-88 effects of emotional arousal on, 61-62, 71 Galen, 21 Gallows humor, 48, 118, 289 Gelastic seizures, 170-71, 185 Gelatophobia, 348 Gender differences brain response to humor, 183 humor and leadership, 368 humor styles, 213, 279 laughter, 157, 158, 233 role of humor in relationships, 299 sense of humor, 147-49, 261 use of humor in teaching, 352-53 General Theory of Verbal Humor (GTVH), 91-92 Genetic factors in humor development, 253-56 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 195 Greeting cards, 43, 125 Group dynamics, 120, 123-24 Group identity and cohesion, 18, 122-23, 187, 364 424 su BIECT INDEX H Harassment, 121, 369 Health benefits of humor blood pressure and heart disease, 326-27 illness symptoms, 327-29 immune system, 316-23 longevity, 329-31 pain, 323-26 popular beliefs, 310-13 potential mechanisms, 313-16 satisfaction with health, 328-29 Health psychology, 309-10 Health-related behavior, 316, 331 Heart disease, 327 Heart rate, 60, 162, 284 Hierarchical Linear Modeling, 295-97, 301, 302 Hippocrates, 20 History of humor concepts, 20-26 Hobbes, Thomas, 22, 44 Hope, 271 Hostile humor.

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Women and Laughter in Medieval Comic Literature

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The cognitive congruency hypothesis was also supported by several studies examining associations between chil- dren's cognitive development and their comprehension and enjoyment of humorous riddles (Park, 1977; Prentice and Fathman, 1975; Whitt and Prentice, 1977; Yalisove, 1978). Some people may find this joke humorous. (6) Others will not. Humor in Coping with Specific Life Stressors There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence, as well as some empirical research, indicating that humor can be beneficial for emotional survival in dealing with extreme and uncontrollable stressful situations such as prisoner of war and concentration camps.

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