A new study published in Personality and Individual Differences found that while right-wing authoritarians have a hearty sense of humor for jokes that make fun of low-status and marginalized people, they struggle to produce funny material.Highlights from the study:
Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) was associated with humor production.
People low in RWA created funnier jokes, based on raters’ scores.
Openness to Experience and Conscientiousness did not account for this outcome.
Overall, people high in RWA seem to be much less funny.
From Psych News Daily:
For this study, the researchers recruited 186 adults from a university in North Carolina. The participants’ average age was 19, though they ranged in age from 18 to 53. They were 77% female, and ethnically diverse.
The researchers measured the participants’ humor production skills on several creative tasks. Throughout these tasks, the instructions encouraged them to be funny, to express themselves freely, and to feel comfortable being “weird, silly, dirty, ……
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