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Joke cruelty and joke appreciation revisited

Thomas R Herzog EMAIL logo , Anne C Harris , Laura S Kropscott and Katherine L Fuller
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We investigated the relation between independently rated joke cruelty and joke appreciation within the thematically homogeneous category of jokes about the disabled. We found a negative linear relation between appreciation and cruelty for females and no relation for males. This remained true even after controlling statistically for four other rated joke properties: surprise, incongruity, difficulty, and resolution. There was no evidence of an inverted-U relation between appreciation and cruelty. We conclude that an optimal cruelty model of joke appreciation is not supported when thematic joke category and other rated predictors are controlled. In contrast, a previous finding that cruelty matters more for females than for males was replicated.

Published Online: 2006-06-09
Published in Print: 2006-05-19

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