Humor and Mental Effort in Learning
This study investigated the effects of humor on learning, specifically focusing on
the variables of mental effort, perceived self-efficacy, perceived demand characteristics,
achievement, and attitude towards instructional content. This research is based on the
work of Gavriel Salomon (1984) and is a modified replication of his research. Salomon’s
theory of symbolic coding is presented and applied to the area of humor and learning. The study also found that humor is generally perceived as
an easier, better way to learn, while also requiring more effort in order to comprehend
content. One important outcomes was that humor seems to have a function and
dysfunction with regard to learning.
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