Control of humorous affect in relation to children's conceptual tempo

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Abstract

56 reflective, impulsive, fast-accurate, and slow-inaccurate 4th graders viewed a videotape of an adult telling a series of jokes, half of which were followed by audience laughter. Spontaneous mirth and ratings of joke funniness were recorded. Whereas all Ss showed greater mirth to socially facilitated jokes than to nonfacilitated jokes, the effect was greater for impulsives than for reflectives or fast-accurates. Multiple regression analysis indicated the Matching Familiar Figures Test (MFFT) error (but not MFFT latency) predicted affective behavior. Discussion of the results focuses on the generalizability of conceptual tempo to areas of affect control as well as on the controversy over the defining criteria for this cognitive style. (19 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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