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Psych 304-Humor

Psych 304-Humor - suffering from negative emotions could be...

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Aside from physical behavioral change in response to something humorous, people often sense a change in mood when something is funny. Research in the area of humor’s effect on mood provides insight into alternative methods of curing or dealing with negative and unhealthy emotional states. According to Cann et al (2000), humor can be effective in treating negative emotional states such as depression, anxiety, and anger or as a preventative for such feelings. This emotion regulation has been further tested and humor has been shown to help negative emotional recovery because it acts as a cognitive distraction, allowing negative states to be elevated at least temporarily (Strick et al, 2009). In addition, Szabo conducted a study in which humor was found to produce psychological changes similar if not superior to that of the effects of exercise (Szabo, 2003). Thus, patients
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Unformatted text preview: suffering from negative emotions could be uplifted through humor alone without the physical intensity of exercise. The study of humor will benefit those suffering from negative emotions as it provides an alternative way to treat cognitive problems without medication or other types of therapy. Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G., & Nance, J. T. (2000). Exposure to humor before and after an unpleasant stimulus: Humor as a preventative or a cure. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 13 (2), 177-191. Strick, M., Holland, R. W., van Baaren, R. B., & van Knippenberg, A. (2009). Finding comfort in a joke: Consolatory effects of humor through cognitive distraction. Emotion, 9 (4), 574-578. Szabo, A. (2003). The acute effects of humor and exercise on mood and anxiety. Journal of Leisure Research, 35 (2), 152-162....
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