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Running head : HUMOR AND MORALITY 1 Why So Serious ? Experimental and Field Evidence that Morality and a Sense of Humor are Psychologically Incompatible

  title={Running head : HUMOR AND MORALITY 1 Why So Serious ? Experimental and Field Evidence that Morality and a Sense of Humor are Psychologically Incompatible},
  author={Kai Chi Yam},
Many of the jokes people enjoy carry a certain degree of moral violation. Since displaying humor often requires committing benign moral violations, we hypothesize that 1) a moral mindset stifles humor and 2) morally-focused people are less humorous, and are therefore less liked by their workplace peers. Participants primed with a moral mindset were less likely to appreciate humor that involved benign moral violations (Study 1) and less likely to generate jokes others found funny (Study 2… 


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