Political Humor and Anxiety: Processing Humor (Update #2)

Hey guys! I’ve been delving into some of the more psychological aspects of political humor in the past couple weeks and found that the field is typically split into two theories. How we process humor: Two theories There are two main theories for why political humor could be processed differently and less critically than political […]

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 […]