Humour as emotion regulation: The differential consequences of negative versus positive humour

  title={Humour as emotion regulation: The differential consequences of negative versus positive humour},
  author={Andrea C. Samson and James Jonathan Gross},
  journal={Cognition and Emotion},
  pages={375 - 384}
Humour is often seen as an adaptive coping strategy; however, the empirical literature is inconclusive. One possible explanation is that different types of humour have different adaptive consequences. In the present research, we predicted that positive (good-natured) humour would be more effective at regulating negative emotions than negative (mean-spirited) humour. In Study 1, participants were shown negative pictures two times. First, they simply viewed the pictures and rated their levels of… 

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