Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1995

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Max Zwanziger

Second Committee Member

Lisa Weyandt

Third Committee Member

Donald R. Shupe


The differences in behavioral expression of humor for introverts and extroverts was investigated, as well as the behavioral expression of humor and humor ratings of video clips containing sound versus those with no sound. Subjects were videotaped as they watched humorous clips in a room alone. The results indicated that there was no significant difference between introverts and extroverts in terms of their behavioral expression of humor. These findings are consistent with the literature on social aspects of humor in that people tend to express more humor in social groups than when alone. However, subjects did show significantly more behavioral expression of humor, and gave significantly higher humor ratings to the clips containing sound, as opposed to those with no sound. These findings are consistent with the literature on dubbed laughter eliciting more humorous responses from subjects.