Embodied Cognition and Humor: The Impact of Weight Sensations on Humor Experience and the Moderating Role of Gender

Autor(en): Kaspar, Kai 
Jurisch, Anna
Schneider, Maren
Stichwörter: BODY-IMAGE; Embodied cognition; Gender; Haptic stimulation; MASS; MEDIA; Nonsense humor; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; Serious social issues; SEX-DIFFERENCES; WOMEN
Erscheinungsdatum: 2016
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Volumen: 35
Ausgabe: 3
Startseite: 377
Seitenende: 385
Research in the field of embodied cognition has shown that incidental weight sensations influence people's evaluation of different issues. The present study expands the scope of weight-related embodiment research and investigates whether experienced funniness of cartoons is affected by haptic sensorimotor experiences. We found an interaction between gender and weight sensations (light versus heavy clipboard) on the experienced funniness of nonsense cartoons. The experienced funniness in male recipients was enhanced by heaviness, but this effect was reversed in the group of females. The effect was also present when inferring the funniness experience of other recipients. Moreover, the participants' general mood was worsened by heaviness. Weight did not affect the extent to which serious social issues are considered with humor, but men showed a stronger tendency to do so. Overall, the results expand the current scope in embodiment research, highlight the necessity to consider inter-individual differences in this field and introduce new aspects to humor research.
ISSN: 10461310
DOI: 10.1007/s12144-015-9304-3

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