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The effect of temporal manipulation on perceived funniness of jokes


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Mudronja, Zoran. (2018). The effect of temporal manipulation on perceived funniness of jokes. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Vlahović-Štetić, Vesna].

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The theories of humour, in their diversity, concentrate on various components of the humour process, but very few of them address the temporal component as a possible mediator or moderator. The length of the pause between the setup and the punchline of a joke, which is a form of humour, is in the focus of this research. For creating a variable "funniness level", to be used in the main research, a preliminary research was conducted on a sample of 112 students of Centre for Croatian Studies in Zagreb. Then, using a sample of 149 psychology students at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, an experimental examination was conducted to determine whether a change in the length of the pause has any effect on the perceived funniness of the presented jokes, and whether there is a difference, in that regard, between reactions to jokes of different levels of funniness. Gender differences were also examined. The main effect of the length of the pause didn't prove to be statistically significant, which is in concordance with the few existing studies on the subject matter. The interaction between gender and the level of funniness of the jokes was statistically significant. As such a finding is not corroborated by contemporary studies, the explanation for it should be found in an unfavorable ratio of female and male participants in the experiment.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: humour, time, timing, joke, pause
Subjects: Psychology > Opća psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Vlahović-Štetić, Vesna
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 04:36
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 04:36

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