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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 50: Fancy a Laugh?: Is Relevant Humor More Effective as a Coping Mechanism for Social Anxiety

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Previous studies have shown humor as an effective coping mechanism for anxiety (Mark, 2007). The purpose of this study was to determine what type of humor (relevant versus non-relevant) is most effective for stress reduction. A between-subject research design tested the hypothesis that compared to non-relevant humor, relevant humor would more significantly decrease anxiety induced by social exclusion. Social anxiety was induced in forty University students by a computerized game Cyberball. Three conditions of videos (relevant, non-relevant, and control) were used as independent variables. PANAS mood questionnaire measured the dependent variable of state anxiety; however, results did not support our hypothesis. We conclude future studies should utilize a different manipulation in order to measure differences between humor types for coping.

Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library

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