Benefits of Humor in Reduction of Threat-Induced Anxiety

@article{Yovetich1990BenefitsOH,
  title={Benefits of Humor in Reduction of Threat-Induced Anxiety},
  author={Nancy A. Yovetich and J. Alexander Dale and Mary A. Hudak},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  year={1990},
  volume={66},
  pages={51 - 58}
}
The benefits of humor in reducing anxiety were investigated in a laboratory study, in which subjects were falsely led to believe they would receive a shock in 12 min. Participants were 53 undergraduate students with either high or low sense of humor as measured by the Situational Humor Response Questionnaire of Martin and Lefcourt (1984). During the anticipatory period, subjects listened to either a humorous tape, a nonhumorous tape, or no tape. Dependent variables were repeated measures of… 

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