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

@article{Strick2009FindingCI,
  title={Finding comfort in a joke: consolatory effects of humor through cognitive distraction.},
  author={Madelijn Strick and Rob Holland and Rick B. van Baaren and Ad van Knippenberg},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2009},
  volume={9 4},
  pages={
          574-8
        }
}
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… 

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