Finding comfort in a joke: consolatory effects of humor through cognitive distraction.

  title={Finding comfort in a joke: consolatory effects of humor through cognitive distraction.},
  author={M. Strick and R. Holland and Rick B. van Baaren and A. van Knippenberg},
  volume={9 4},
  • M. Strick, R. Holland, +1 author A. van Knippenberg
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Emotion
  • This study aimed to demonstrate that the cognitive demands involved in humor processing can attenuate negative emotions. A primary aspect of humor is that it poses cognitive demands needed for incongruency resolution. On the basis of findings that cognitive distraction prevents mood-congruent processing, the authors hypothesized that humorous stimuli attenuate negative emotions to a greater extent than do equally positive nonhumorous stimuli. To test this idea, the authors used a modified… CONTINUE READING
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