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Trait humor and longevity: do comics have the last laugh?
Health Psychol. 1992; 11(4):262-6.HP

Abstract

Four sets of biographical data were analyzed in order to test the hypothesis that the ability to generate humor is associated with longevity. Although steps were taken to ensure that tests had high levels of statistical power, analyses provided very little support for the idea that individuals with a well-developed sense of humor live longer than serious writers and other entertainers. In addition, a subsidiary analysis revealed that those in the business of entertaining others died at an earlier age than those in other lines of endeavor. These findings suggest that researchers should turn their attention from trait humor to the effects of humorous material.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Florida International University, North Miami 33181.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

1396495

Citation

Rotton, J. "Trait Humor and Longevity: Do Comics Have the Last Laugh?" Health Psychology : Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, vol. 11, no. 4, 1992, pp. 262-6.
Rotton J. Trait humor and longevity: do comics have the last laugh? Health Psychol. 1992;11(4):262-6.
Rotton, J. (1992). Trait humor and longevity: do comics have the last laugh? Health Psychology : Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 11(4), 262-6.
Rotton J. Trait Humor and Longevity: Do Comics Have the Last Laugh. Health Psychol. 1992;11(4):262-6. PubMed PMID: 1396495.
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