Aggressive humor as a stimulus to aggressive responses

  • Berkowitz L
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To test the notion that the witnessing of aggressive humor can produce a cathartic purge of the O's aggressive inclinations, 80 female undergraduates were 1st either angered or not aroused by having them hear a job applicant's statements about university women. In a factorial design, Ss then listened to a 4-min tape recording, either of a nonhostile or a hostile comedian. When Ss rated the job applicant on several measures immediately afterwards, knowing their comments might affect the applicant's chances of getting the job, the women who had heard the aggressive humor were more aggressive toward the applicant than were the women who had listened to the neutral humor. Several other studies purporting to demonstrate the cathartic influence of aggressive humor are discussed. (19 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved), (C) 1970 by the American Psychological Association

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  • Leonard Berkowitz

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