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Is humor a sexually selected trait?


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Zorbas, Helena. (2014). Is humor a sexually selected trait?. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Tadinac, Meri].

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The aim of the study was to test some assumptions on the development of humor through sexual selection. We examined whether men and women differed in ways of expressing humor and whether they placed different importance on certain aspects of humor in romantic relationships. Results were collected on 700 participants, using the Humor styles questionnaire and Questionnaire of humor in romantic relationships. The results showed that aggressive and self-defeating humor contributed most to the differentiation of male and female participants. Male participants had significantly higher scores on the subscales of aggressive and self-defeating humor, while gender differences were not found for the subscales of affiliative and self-enhancing humor. In romantic context, female participants in comparison to male participants assessed humor production by their partners as more important, and they more frequently used the strategy of evaluation of partner’s humor. Female participants assessed partner’s sense of humor as more important than male participants, while male participants did not assess the appreciation of their humor by partners as more important.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: humor, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology
Subjects: Psychology > Evolucijska psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Tadinac, Meri
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 11:40
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 11:40

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