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From HAHA to AHA: Rumination, Humor, and Problem Solving

Abstract Past research has focused on the important role humor plays in interpersonal relationships; however, researchers have also identified intrapersonal applications of humor, showing that people often use humor to alleviate negative affect, and that humor has generally been found to beneficially influence mental health. The purpose of this study is to examine whether humor-based coping can be utilized as an intrapersonal tool to aid or facilitate creative thinking and problem solving when faced with a distressing situation. The current study posits reduced rumination as the mechanism by which humor facilitates creativity. To measure creativity, a task was devised that had individuals brainstorm under some distress; participants were asked to re... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Pages, Erika Beatrice (Author) / Shiota, Michelle N. (Advisor) / Kenrick, Douglas T. (Committee member) / Varnum, Michael E.W. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social psychology / Cognitive psychology / Psychology / creativity / emotion regulation / humor / reappraisal / rumination
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 41 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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