Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2018 Vol. 11 Issue 57

Zharova О.A, Kravchenko Y.E. Hint and humor understanding

Full text in Russian: Жарова О.А., Кравченко Ю.Е. Влияние разных типов подсказок на понимание юмора

Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia
The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia

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The article presents results of two experiments aimed to use different hints for humor issues. The Experiment 1 aims to compare two explanations of humor understanding within incongruity theory of humor. As a hint used special smiles emoji, those were disposed in key (or accidental) places of the jocks or illustrated one in two different representations of situation (or accidental aspects) of jocks. Results confirm the idea that incongruity at self isn’t enough to explain the humor understanding. The resolution of humors contradiction like in Suls model is more useful. The aim of the second experiment was using a hint for comparing of cognitive and not-cognitive aspects of jocks for humor understanding and laugh. As a hint was used the designation of emotional reaction expected as result of jocks exposure. There were jocks designated positive and negative emotions, compared with jocks without emotions designation. The results suggest that emotions designations especially of positive emotions raise the processing fluency. But the laugh more often appears when there were no any emotions designations. Results are interprets as the evidence of direct relation between jocks complexity and joy. In conclusion is discussed the potential of hints commonly used for problem solving issues for humor research.

Keywords: humor, incongruity theory, insight, hint



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Received 3 December 2017. Date of publication: 28 February 2018.

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Zharova Olga A. Student, Faculty of Psychology, Russian State University for the Humanities, Miusskaya pl. 6, GSP-3, 125993 Moscow, Russia.
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Kravchenko Yunna E. Ph.D., Professor, Department of General Psychology, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, pr. Vernadskogo, 84–2, 119571 Moscow, Russia
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Zharova О.A, Kravchenko Y.E. Hint and humor understanding. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2018, Vol. 11, No. 57, p. 10. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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