Humour and Learning in 3 Questions

What is humour?

We may all “know” what humour is, but when we look at it more seriously, we realize that it is far from simple. Its mechanics, unlike that of laughter, can be challenging to dismantle from a scientific point of view. Humour can be said to be a form of communication that occupies a special place in the lives of human beings. This faculty, which develops early in childhood, could, among other things, play a role in the acquisition of information useful for survival. Humour is also identified in psychology as a defence mechanism that allows us to respond to emotional conflicts or stressors. Thus, although there are individual differences in the types of humour we enjoy, and some are better at making people laugh than others, few people are devoid of this disposition.

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