Study Determines If Men Or Women Are Funniest
October 21, 2011 by staff
If they are, it is only by a small margin, says the study dispels the myth – probably started by men – that women are not funny and are really severe in nature.
The study is the first author Laura Mickes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at San Diego Department of Psychology and a Ph.D. graduate in the same department, said he was “always puzzled about this stereotype.” The final blow came when one of her students the classification and declared: “. She’s not funny”
“That really triggered it. I however, which is interesting because I’m not a comedian … but I know that other students think I’m fun,” said the Toronto Star on Thursday.
However, “my male colleagues do not get that” kind of negative rating, he said.
In 2008 she and a male colleague set out to determine once and for all who laughs more.
The study, published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, test comic contest The New Yorker cartoon caption. Men a little more fun that marked women – by 0.11 points on a scale of five points. About 90 percent of study participants, however, according to the stereotype that men are funnier.
“It’s a little way, and they are fun, especially to other men,” said Mick.
For fun experiment, 32 undergraduates – 16 of each sex – wrote subtitles for The New Yorker in a quiet room for 45 minutes, the production of 640 titles. For the second phase of the project, 34 men and 47 women students rated titles in a five rounds.
Christopher Hitchens started a firestorm in Vanity Fair in 2007 for writing “Why women are not funny.” Hitchens wrote that men needed to be fun to impress the opposite sex, while women had no need to appeal to men like that.
In 1998, Jerry Lewis said: “I do not like female comedians.”
Mick said he was “disappointed”, while “my man co-authors were delighted” to see that women were more fun than men.
“I have funny friends wife, my mother, my sister. So in my entire life I have an opposite bias that women really are fun and always thought that too is,” he said.
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