Communications Project

Document Type:Dissertation
Name:Robert Dowling Whisonant
Title:The Effects of Humor on Cognitive Learning in a Computer-Based Environment
Degree:Doctor of Philosophy
Department:Curriculum and Instruction
Committee Chair: Dr. John K. Burton
Committee Members:Dr. Glen Holmes
Dr. Franklin Jones
Dr. Susan Magliaro
Dr. Mike Moore
Keywords:humor, instructional technology, CBI, comic strips, cartoons
Date of defense:June 2, 1998
Availability:Release the entire work immediately worldwide.


Previous studies on humor in education have focused on the use of humor embedded in the presentation of content material. Some research, however, suggests that humor is an effective tool for increasing divergent thinking and information acquisition if the humor is given prior to the presentation of content material. This study used an experimental design to test if humor given prior to content presentation was more effective in helping students understand and remember information and enjoy the presentation than a control group treatment. Statistical tests did not support either hypothesis.

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