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

@article{Samson2012HumourAE,
  title={Humour as emotion regulation: the differential consequences of negative versus positive humour.},
  author={Andrea Christiane Samson and James J. Gross},
  journal={Cognition & emotion},
  year={2012},
  volume={26 2},
  pages={
          375-84
        }
}
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… CONTINUE READING

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