Why humor enhances creativity from theoretical explanations to an empirical humor training program: Effective “ha-ha” helps people to “a-ha”

Ching Hui Chen, Hsueh Chih Chen, Anne M. Roberts

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7 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

This chapter discusses the relationship between creativity and humor, starting with the perspectives of theoretical models and then transitioning to empirical experiments. Creativity and humor were found to be closely related concepts. The confluence model of the humor process explains how humor works and is the first step of our discussion. Among the models that interpret the benefits of humor for creativity, the cognitive perspective shows that humor comprehension is a process that uses important skills of creativity; the emotional perspective claims that humor promotes a positive attitude toward creativity; and the motivational perspective explains that happiness brought by humor creates a strong internal motivation for being creative. To test this model, a humor training program was conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of humor to creativity. The humor training program was developed according to the cognitive, emotional, motivational, and behavioral facets of humor, and each facet had its topics and teaching strategies. The outcome measures were a multidimensional sense of humor scale, a new test of creative thinking, and a divergent-thinking exercise of the creative assessment packet. The experimental group showed a significant improvement in sense of humor, as well as creativity, in comparison to the control group. This study provides empirical support for the claim that humor facilitates creativity, and that a humor training course can have a significant effect on humor.

原文英語
主出版物標題Creativity and Humor
發行者Elsevier
頁面83-108
頁數26
ISBN(電子)9780128138021
ISBN(列印)9780128138038
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2018 一月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 心理學(全部)

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