Psychology -- Laughter & Humor Essay

PAGES
3
WORDS
1026
Cite

" Hence, Ayan adds, with laughter, the lives of people with elevated levels of cortisol might be saved. Arguably that's a bit of a stretch, but for the purposes of his article Ayan is justified in using it. Keeping anxiety "at bay" through humor is the sum and substance of a 1990 study conducted by psychologists; 53 college students were told they were going to get an electric shock in 12 minutes albeit there was no such shock forthcoming. While waiting for this inevitable shock, some of the students were given a funny tape to watch while others watched a boring tape or nothing at all. The results were predictable: those exposed to humor "rated themselves as less anxious as the fictitious shock approached than did those in the other two groups" (Ayan).

In yet another study presented by Ayan to make his point, 56 women were asked to stick a hand in ice-cold water before, immediately after and 20 minutes following a "funny seven-minute film." There's more to the experiment than space in this paper to explain, but the upshot was that witnessing the humorous film "did boost pain tolerance in all the women." In fact, after being exposed to the comedy movie, all 56 of the women "required a long exposure to the water" to feel any pain, and all of the women participants could "tolerate longer submersions before pulling their hand out." Late in his article, Ayan asserts that beyond reducing pain, acting funny or doing funny things "can cultivate friendships" because it is a valid psychological assumption that "cheerful...

...

And even though he offers some generalizations without backing them up with empirical research, he does present studies that substantiate his positions. And while his assertions that the use of humor / laughter possess the potential to cure diseases seems to be off the charts of credulity, he certainly grabs the attention of the reader and stimulates thought. In that light, all good articles should do more than inform and entertain -- they should stimulate sharp thinking by the reader, and even motivate the reader to learn more about the subject through investigative research.
Meanwhile, a much-condensed version of what Ayan has presented should be shared in as many American venues as possible, because it is easy to believe -- even on the surface -- that laughing or engaging in humorous activities is a far better endeavor than carrying around anger at the most recent unfair event that came to pass. In schools, workplaces, community centers, hospitals, malls, even state legislatures and the U.S. Congress -- and every other public place where people gather or work -- more humor, more laughter, should be promoted, to bring people together even for a few moments of joy and relaxation.

Works Cited

Ayan, Steve. (2009). How Humor Makes you Friendlier, Sexier. Scientific American.

Sources Used in Documents:

Works Cited

Ayan, Steve. (2009). How Humor Makes you Friendlier, Sexier. Scientific American.


Cite this Document:

"Psychology -- Laughter & Humor" (2009, May 11) Retrieved April 20, 2024, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/psychology-laughter-amp-humor-21959

"Psychology -- Laughter & Humor" 11 May 2009. Web.20 April. 2024. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/psychology-laughter-amp-humor-21959>

"Psychology -- Laughter & Humor", 11 May 2009, Accessed.20 April. 2024,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/psychology-laughter-amp-humor-21959

Related Documents

humorous writing that still makes the reader stop and think about what they are reading. In "Would Hemingway Get Into Harvard?" The authors, John Katzman, Andy Lutz, and Erik Olson offer up a funny essay about the new SAT writing test. To "test" the test, they use two passages from two of the world's greatest writers, Ernest Hemingway and Shakespeare. Predictably, under the new SAT grading standards, both these writers

Family in a Humorous Way,
PAGES 2 WORDS 631

However, historians tell us that this is actually not the case. Certainly if one reads Dickens one finds that England of the 19th century was far from familial; some of the materials out of the American Colonial periods show that the family was mostly an iron handed parent and rather aloof father. Just as there is no such thing as an ideal family, the fact of the matter is

2. But I have also had some top-notch guidance bringing me to where I am now: teachers at the culinary institute and role models at my favorite restaurants throughout the world. III. How I will use the award for the benefit of humanity as a whole and myself in particular A. The prestige of the award 1. This is one of the most significant awards in the professional culinary community. 2. I am honored

Not that people should make fun of their own situations, no matter how good or bad, but that humans function better when they can see the humor in every day life. When they begin to understand that humor is all around them, and begin to take themselves less seriously, they can begin to open up to the many other wonderful experiences around them when they otherwise may not have

It is known that the researcher recorded whether or not the subject remembered a given sentence. However, there is no explanation given with respect to partial memory of a sentence. Without that, we can only guess that the researcher used a binary scale (yes/no) to measure whether or not the subject remembered a given sentence. Schmidt and Williams (2001) conducted a study entitled "Memory for humorous cartoons." The purpose of

Another example of scenes -- and characters -- creating both a balance and a contrast between humor and seriousness comes from the Duke and the King. These two characters appear in many scenes of the novel, and their escapades and claims are a definite source of humor (and frustration) in the novel. One of the most poignant scenes in the book, however, is one Huck sees these two finally receive