2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Dark Humor & Personality
Dwuana A. Bradley*, Amanda M. Ward, Nicholas A. Hall, and Hannah A. Rackers
Dr. Karen Vittengl, Faculty Mentor

The first goal of this study is to test whether there is any correlation between perception of light and dark humor and the Big Five personality traits; the second goal is to further explore the process of the humor effect as it is influenced by perceived dark humor vs perceived light humor. In any given session subjects will view 10 powerpoint slides selected randomly through block randomization. An image and phrase will appear on each slide. Subjects will be asked to rate the slide on a 7-point Likert scale on degree of humor and darkness. Afterwards, participants will be given a free recall test during which they recall as many phrases as possible. We expect to find subjects who rate dark stimuli as humorous to be more neurotic, less agreeable, and less conscientious. Further, we expect those subjects to display an increased recall for phrases associated with dark humor material.

Keywords: Humor Effect, Perceived Humor, Memory, Personality, Big Five Personality Traits, Neuroticism

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 11-4
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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