Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (4): 829-833.

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Can cold joke make people cold?——The relationship between temperature perception and emotional experience of cold jokes

Han-Lin WANG1,2, 1   

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    2. South China Normal University
  • Received:2014-01-25 Revised:2014-05-28 Online:2014-07-20 Published:2014-07-20



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    2. 华南师范大学
    3. 河北师范大学教育学院
  • 通讯作者: 鲁中义

Abstract: Three experiments were designed to explore the relationship between an emotional experience produced by reading a special humor – cold jokes and the lower temperature perception. The first experiment used 2 (cold joke / general joke) x 2 (higher / lower temperature picture) within-group design. Through recording participants’ eye movements, the influence on attentional biases of different temperature pictures caused by reading different texts were investigated. Experiment two used 2 (cold joke / general joke) x 2 (neutral \ positive facial affective pictures) mixed design to test the relationship between different jokes and different emotions. Experiment three using the implicit association test (IAT) to explore implicit association between higher / lower temperature concept and positive / neutral emotions. The results show that: (1) after reading cold jokes, participants’ total fixation on lower temperature pictures is longer than that on higher temperature pictures, which suggests that the comprehension of cold jokes can promote the perceptual processing for lower temperature pictures; (2) after reading cold jokes, the speed of judging neutral facial affective pictures is faster than that of judging positive facial affective pictures, indicating that the comprehension of cold jokes can induce a sort of emotion similar to the neutral emotion; (3) both of lower temperature concepts - neutral emotion and higher temperature concepts - positive emotion has a significant implicit relationship. Overall, the comprehension of cold jokes can prime the concepts about lower temperature, which indicates that to some extent, cold joke can make people "feel cold". According to the embodied cognition, the relationship between body and cognition is a kind of interaction. Therefore, we suggest that comprehension of cold joke is a cognitive activity, while the effect of priming lower temperature perception induced by cold jokes reflects a sensuous change in body, the comprehension can lead to the perceptual priming effects, which supports the point of embodied cognition. What’s more, the emotional feeling induced by reading the cold joke is similar to neutral emotion. As it’s shown in IAT, there is a close implicit association between this specific emotion and the concept of lower temperature. However , this kind of relationship needs to be further studied.

Key words: Embodied cognition, Cold joke, Humor, Emotion, temperature perception

摘要: 本研究通过三个实验,从具身认知的角度来探讨阅读特殊体裁的幽默——冷笑话所产生的情绪体验及其与低温知觉的关系。实验1通过眼动记录法,探讨被试阅读不同形式幽默后对高低温图片注意偏向的影响,实验2使用句-图匹配范式探讨不同幽默题材与不同情绪效价之间的关系,实验3采用内隐联想测验(IAT),探讨高温/低温概念与正性/中性情绪之间的内隐联想强度。实验结果表明对冷笑话的阅读理解能启动低温知觉,并且能够产生一种类中性平静的情绪,同时这种特殊的情绪体验与低温概念之间存在较强的内隐联系。

关键词: 具身认知, 冷笑话, 幽默, 情绪, 温度知觉