Feedback matters for getting the joke.
The two presented jokes to students, telling some that others found the jokes horribly unfunny, not funny, very funny, or hysterically funny. Another group received no prompts.
Students who were led to believe that others found the jokes either very funny or not funny agreed with those fictional assessments. Students with no additional information and those told that others found the jokes hysterically funny or horribly unfunny, rated all the jokes as moderately funny.
"Participants were quite capable of ignoring information that was clearly discrepant with reality," the researchers say, but students given feedback closer to the majority judgments about the jokes concurred with them.
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|Title Annotation:||students' reactions to jokes|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 19, 2000|
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