People think immoral behavior is funny -- but only if it also seems benign

Monday, August 9, 2010 - 13:14 in Psychology & Sociology

What makes something funny? Philosophers have been tossing that question around since Plato. Now two psychological scientists think they've come up with the formula: humor comes from a violation or threat to the way the world ought to be that is, at the same time, benign.

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