What's So Funny About Not Having Money? The Effects of Power on Laughter

  title={What's So Funny About Not Having Money? The Effects of Power on Laughter},
  author={Tyler F. Stillman and Roy F. Baumeister and C. Nathan DeWall},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1547 - 1558}
Two studies tested the hypothesis that occupying a position of low power increases the likelihood of laughter, presumably as a means of gaining friends and supporters. In Study 1, participants laughed more at an interviewer's jokes when the interviewer controlled their cash rewards than in the absence of monetary contingencies. Study 2 found that low-power participants (manipulated again by expecting that someone else would decide their cash rewards) laughed more than high-power participants… 

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