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Humor as aggression: Effects of motivation on hostility expressed in humor appreciation

Weinstein, Netta ORCID:, Hodgins, Holley S. and Ostvik-White, Elin 2011. Humor as aggression: Effects of motivation on hostility expressed in humor appreciation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 100 (6) , pp. 1043-1055. 10.1037/a0022495

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In 4 studies, the authors examined the hypothesis that relative to primed autonomy motivation, primed control would increase enjoyment of hostile (compared with nonhostile) humor as assessed by self-reported enjoyment and aversiveness and by nonverbal behavior. Results confirmed the hypothesis. Furthermore, initial state hostility moderated the effect such that high-hostility participants who were primed with control motivation especially enjoyed hostile humor. The 2 final studies showed that the effect was mediated by implicit aggression such that the combination of high initial state hostility and control priming led to implicit aggression, which in turn resulted in hostile humor enjoyment. Results are interpreted in terms of the effects of autonomy versus control motivation on intrapersonal self-regulatory processes, which influence interpersonal functioning. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1939-1315
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:50

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