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Humor appreciation as function of religious dimensions

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Religion and specific religious dimensions have been hypothesized to reflect and have an effect on sense of humor, especially from a personality psychology perspective. Some empirical evidence tends to confirm this hypothesis, at least when behavioral (spontaneous humor creation) measure but not questionnaires are used. However, sense of humor is not restricted to humor creation, but includes other components such as humor appreciation. In the present study (based on pencil evaluation of humorous stimuli by 118 participants), as hypothesized, religious fundamentalism and orthodoxy were found to be negatively related to humor appreciation in general and to appreciation of incongruity-resolution and nonsense humor in particular, whereas religious historical relativism was positively related to appreciation of nonsense (= unresolved incongruity) humor. However, religiosity was unrelated to humor appreciation and no religious dimension predicted low appreciation of sexual humor.

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