HardlyYours4Now 52M
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11/8/2005 7:35 pm

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An AP news release today tells of a study done at Stanford about humor. You can fY!nd it onlY!ne at the usual places, but here's the synopsis:

Men and women process humor differently.

My tax dollars at work, I'm sure.

The researchers watched MRIs of men and women to see how various parts of the brain reacted to humor. There is apparently sort of a "payoff central" which is activated when we get the joke. Men's payoff center lights up quickly then goes dim until the next punchline. Women tended to process more, but their payoff center stayed lit for longer periods.

I also thought it was interesting that men were drawn to slapstick, while women preferred a narrative. If Mo Howard had just been a little more eloquent...

To summarize:
Men - Looking for a quick payoff, with little followup or further processing
Women - Slower to warm to the joke, heavy analysis, then a payoff that lasts much longer.

Hmm. Sound like any other aspect of the Mars & Venus tribes and their relationships?

bobbydazzler69x 46M

11/9/2005 2:31 am

My five year old neice told me this one, " Why did Tigger go to the loo. To see Poo." She also loves farting jokes. I reckon I'll apply for an academic research grant.

HardlyYours4Now 52M

11/11/2005 1:20 am

bobby - Nice one. Good luck with the funding.

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