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It's not funny if they're laughing: self-categorization, social influence, and responses to canned laughter

Platow, Michael; Haslam, S. Alexander; Both, Amanda; Chew, Ivanne; Cuddon, Michelle; Goharpey, Nahal; Maurer, Jacqui; Rosini, Simone; Tsekouras, Anna; Grace, Diana


Pre-recorded, or "canned" laughter is often used to encourage audience laughter. Previous research suggests that hearing others laugh can influence an audience, although several variables moderate its effects. We examined an unexplored moderator, hypothesizing that canned laughter would influence listeners only if they believed the laughter came from fellow in-group members. We manipulated the presence or absence of canned laughter in a potentially humorous recording and participants' beliefs...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2004.09.005


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