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3 WD Humor Test

The 3 WD (3 Witz-Dimensionen) Test of Humor Appreciation is a performance test measuring both funniness and aversiveness of jokes and cartoons for the three humor categories, incongruity-resolution humor, nonsense humor, and sexual humor. Several stages in the taxonomic development of the 3 WD test were necessary as a comprehensive assessment of humor should cover a classification of humor stimuli, responses to humor, and a typology of the receiver. Four samples of adults from Austria and Germany provided results for factor and item analytic studies of 120 jokes and cartoons. Stable factor patterns across all four samples were selected and matched in pairs for content, mean funniness, loading patterns, and style, namely verbal or pictorial, with or without captions.

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