Incongruity as a universal component of humor appreciation: Some Hong Kong data

Maria P. Y. Chik*, Geoffrey N. Molloy, C. S. Benjamin Leung

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The development of a humor measure was described in a brief report in this journal. In that report, a series of suitable-congruous and incongruous pictures were developed with a community sample of children. The findings of that study were consistent with those reported by others (Chik, 2001; Masten, 1989; Schultz, 1972), indicating that incongruity is an essential component of humor appreciation. With a larger (n=140) and more representative sample, we embarked on a follow-up validation study. The findings of the present study provide further support for the universality of the incongruity as an essential component of hum or appreciation across age and cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-54
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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