Master’s Thesis: How does age relate to humor production and cognitive functioning?
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The following study comprises an analysis about humor and aging. Specifically, the research question: “How does age relate to humor production and to cognitive functioning?” has been examined by using a total sample of 157 Dutch and Greek speaking healthy participants, beginning from 18 and ending to 85 years of age, whereas the mean age was 40 and the standard deviation 16 and by conducting a correlation analysis as well as a multiple regression analysis. In particular, the influence of age and of cognitive functioning on humor production have been investigated. The results have shown that as expected, there is a contribution of aging and of cognitive functioning on humor production, with the first one having a slightly greater effect on humor production than the latter. In terms of correlation analysis, it has been found that the older people are, the worse the produced humor will be. Also, that the older people are, the worse their cognitive functioning will be. Lastly, the results showed that the better the cognitive functioning is, the better the produced humor will be. This means that younger age groups as positive mood enhancers can be utilized in clinical settings, such as in the hospital or the psychiatry for producing humor in order to counterbalance dullness and distress.