In seven studies (n = 1133), adults tried to create funny ideas and then rated the funniness of their responses, which were also independently rated by judges. In contrast to the common “funnier than average” effect found for global self-ratings, people were relatively modest and self-critical about their specific ideas. Extraversion (r = 0.12 [0.07, 0.18], k = 7) and openness to experience (r = 0.09 [0.03, 0.15], k = 7) predicted rating one’s responses as funnier; women rated their responses as less funny (d = −0.28 [−0.37, −0.19], k = 7). The within-person correlation between self and judge ratings was small but significant (r = 0.13 [0.07, 0.19], k = 7), so people had some insight into their ideas’ funniness.
|Number of pages||32|
|Journal||Journal of Research in Personality|
|Early online date||19 Mar 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jun 2021|
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Silvia, P. J., Gredlein, J. M., Greengross, G., Cotter, K. N. & Christensen, A. P., Center for Open Science, 07 Oct 2020