If You’re Funny and You Know It: Personality, Gender, and People’s Ratings of Their Attempts at Humor

Paul J. Silvia (Lead Author), Gil Greengross, Katherine N. Cotter, Alexander P. Christensen, Jeffrey M. Gredlein

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104089
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume92
Early online date19 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Comedy
  • Creativity
  • Discernment
  • Gender
  • Humor
  • Personality

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