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Science explains why humor turns women on

We all know that women like funny guys (how else do you explain Woody Allen's love life?), but empirical evidence for this phenomenon has been sorely lacking. Fortunately, in a recent study in the journal Psychological Reports, a French scientist took up the challenge of testing whether humor helps men pick up women.
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Why the secret to a funny joke is in the teller's reputation

Why the secret to a funny joke is in the teller's reputation | Taking Humor Seriously | Scoop.it
A joke is perceived as funnier when it is accredited to a professional comedian than to someone else, a study has found.
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CL Costley's curator insight, May 18, 2013 9:28 PM

The power of reputation.  

I'm a little surprised it's not the other way around however. A reputation for being funny would curtail the surprise wouldn't it?

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One Professor’s Attempt to Explain Every Joke Ever

One Professor’s Attempt to Explain Every Joke Ever | Taking Humor Seriously | Scoop.it
Armed with a Venn diagram and his benign violation theory, Colorado professor Peter McGraw insists he can explain every joke ever.
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The psychology behind what makes us laugh

The psychology behind what makes us laugh | Taking Humor Seriously | Scoop.it
A man goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, my brother's crazy, he thinks he's a chicken." The doctor says, "Why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "We would. But we need the eggs."
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Science explains why humor turns women on

We all know that women like funny guys (how else do you explain Woody Allen's love life?), but empirical evidence for this phenomenon has been sorely lacking. Fortunately, in a recent study in the journal Psychological Reports, a French scientist took up the challenge of testing whether humor helps men pick up women.
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What Makes Something Funny? - NPR

What Makes Something Funny? - NPR | Taking Humor Seriously | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what makes something funny? E.B. White once wrote that "humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind." A look at an explanation behind the punch line.
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CL Costley's curator insight, May 18, 2013 9:27 PM

Humorologists are just funny biologists.

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Laughing All the Way to the Bedroom | The Importance of Humor in Mating

Laughing All the Way to the Bedroom | The Importance of Humor in Mating | Taking Humor Seriously | Scoop.it
If you ask most people, they will tell you that they have a great sense of humor, definitely better than most others. In fact, studies have shown that more than 90% will say they have a good sense of humor (the rest probably didn't find the question amusing or didn't understand the question...).
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Humor and Brains: Science Videos - Science News - ScienCentral

Humor and Brains: Science Videos - Science News - ScienCentral | Taking Humor Seriously | Scoop.it
They say laughter is good for the soul. But scientists have found out how the brain responds to a good joke.
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Professor explains science of humor, mixed emotions

Humor is a funny thing, and many researchers think so too, like
Peter McGraw. The professor from the University of Colorado
investigates humor and what makes it funny for the common
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