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Attractiveness and Humor in Mixed Gender Interactions

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Description: The current study investigated whether or not the attractiveness of an interaction partner influenced participants' use of humor. Participants consisted of 65 males and 62 females from a northeastern undergraduate university. Participants rated opposite sex confederates on attractiveness, and then engaged in an unstructured interaction with the confederate. Conversations were later rated by judges on humor production. Results demonstrated that the attractiveness of the confederate did not have an influence on the humor production of the participant. However, males typically produced more humor than females. Also, there was a correlation among the use of humor between confederates and participants, such that when confederates used more humor, participants also used more humor in the conversation. Results are discussed in terms of humor's influential role in conversation.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work