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Children's Humor Research

  • By: Karina Hess Zimmermann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Humor development has been studied theoretically and empirically for the last four decades. Studies on the development of humor agree on the fact that the acquisition of humor involves the development of cognitive, social, linguistic, and emotional abilities. First, children tend to appreciate and produce humor that goes hand in hand with their cognitive development. Besides, children have to learn to use humor appropriately in different social contexts and for diverse social purposes. Additionally, they have to learn to interpret words and language structure in humorous ways. Finally, humor development will be related to the acquisition of emotional abilities in order to allow individuals to use it to enable them to cope with negative emotions.

Cognitive Approaches to Children's Humor

Cognitive approaches have been predominant in research ...

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