Saying the right things at the right time: Priceless.
A few years ago, Laura Mickes was teaching her regular undergraduate class on childhood psychological disorders at the University of California, San Diego.
After the students finished writing their quips, a new set of participants rated the captions.
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The 2011 study similarly found that men wrote more captions overall, both funny and lame.
If men were truly the funnier sex, though, wouldn’t they be more In a later experiment, Mickes gave both male and female participants a list of random words, such as “beef jerky” and “water slide,” and asked them to write paragraphs using the words. The women’s paragraphs were more creative and better-written, but they weren’t funny.
However, a surprising thing happened when Mickes explicitly told the participants to try to be funny in their paragraphs: Both genders used humor, and in equal measure.
The men were “pretty excited about the task,” but the women were more reluctant.