Getting it: human event-related brain response to jokes in good and poor comprehenders

  title={Getting it: human event-related brain response to jokes in good and poor comprehenders},
  author={S. Coulson and M. Kutas},
  journal={Neuroscience Letters},
  • S. Coulson, M. Kutas
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Neuroscience Letters
  • Joke comprehension has been decomposed into surprise registration followed by a coherence stage, involving frame-shifting (retrieving a new frame from long-term memory to reinterpret information in working memory). We examined this view by recording event-related brain potentials (ERPs) from adults reading one-line jokes or non-joke controls with equally unexpected endings. Joke and non-joke ERPs differed in several respects depending on participants' ability to get the joke and contextual… CONTINUE READING
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