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Humor in apes

  • Jennifer Gamble
From the journal HUMOR


Cognitive capacity of non-human primates has become a popular topic in recent years. Humor is an important indicator of mental function. For the four stages of humor development in children: 1.) inappropriate action. 2.) incongruous labels. 3.) incongruous features. and 4.) multiple word meanings, examples are presented from ape behavior. Apes appreciate and produce humor in a manner comparable to humans.

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Published Online: 2008-02-20
Published in Print: 2001-07-04

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