Political Humor and Anxiety: Proposal Time! (Update #5)

After extensive research, it’s time to turn theory into practice and write questions for the fall Omnibus Project survey! For those unfamiliar with the Omnibus, it’s a survey sent out every fall by the Government department to gather political covariates and demographic data along with variables of interest from a sample pool of respondents. There’s […]

Political Humor and Anxiety: Getting the Joke (Update #1)

What is political humor? The first stage in developing my method for researching the relationship between political humor and anxiety is defining what is and isn’t political humor. After going through an extensive literature review full of conflicting opinions, I think the best way of defining political humor is “a form of humor that is distinguished by […]

Abstract: Political Humor and Anxiety

When a person is confronted with political humor that is dissonant with their political opinions, does this increase their levels of anxiety or does the presence of humor still reduce anxiety? Previous research has found that simple one-liners and jokes decrease anxiety, but political humor’s effect on anxiety remains untested. Satire targeted toward a favorable […]