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Benign Violations
Humor is an important, ubiquitous phenomenon; however, seemingly disparate conditions seem to facilitate humor. We integrate these conditions by suggesting that laughter and amusement result fromExpand
Values and Preferences: Defining Preference Construction
We review the literature that shows that the degree to which decision makers calculate preferences is influenced by goals, cognitive constraints, and experience. Expand
Too Close for Comfort, or Too Far to Care? Finding Humor in Distant Tragedies and Close Mishaps
Humor is ubiquitous and often beneficial, but the conditions that elicit it have been debated for millennia. We examine two factors that jointly influence perceptions of humor: the degree to which aExpand
What Makes Things Cool? How Autonomy Influences Perceived Coolness
Despite assertions that coolness sells products, little is known about what leads consumers to perceive brands as cool. This research uses an experimental approach to examine the empiricalExpand
Differentiating what is humorous from what is not.
After 2.5 millennia of philosophical deliberation and psychological experimentation, most scholars have concluded that humor arises from incongruity. We highlight 2 limitations of incongruityExpand
Revisiting External Validity: Concerns About Trolley Problems and Other Sacrificial Dilemmas in Moral Psychology
Sacrificial dilemmas, especially trolley problems, have rapidly become the most recognizable scientific exemplars of moral situations; they are now a familiar part of the psychological literature andExpand
The Rise and Fall of Humor
Humor is a ubiquitous experience that facilitates coping, social coordination, and well-being. We examine how humorous responses to a tragedy change over time by measuring reactions to jokes aboutExpand
A risk of meaning transfer: Are negative associations more likely to transfer than positive associations?
Celebrity endorsement is a common influence tactic used by marketers. By linking their brands with cultural entities such as celebrity endorsers, marketers attempt to acquire positive meanings andExpand
Opinion: What makes things humorous
In a familiar parable, a group of blind men try to discern the shape of an elephant, but each man’s perspective differs depending on whether he’s touching the trunk, tusk, or tail (Fig. 1). AfterExpand