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The development of children's comprehension and appreciation of riddles

Purser, HRM; Van Herwegen, J; Thomas, MSC; (2020) The development of children's comprehension and appreciation of riddles. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 189 , Article 104709. 10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104709.

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Abstract

Humor appreciation and understanding is important for children's social relationships. The current study examined the associations among riddle comprehension, riddle appreciation, and smiling/laughter in children from a wide age range (4-11 years) as well as how cognitive processing style relates to riddle comprehension. Style was distinguished between local and global language processing at the sentence level. The results showed that only children age 8 years or older showed a reliable relationship between humor comprehension and smiling/laughter. These findings show that laughter should not be taken as an automatic indicator of explicit understanding. In addition, higher vocabulary ability was independently associated with better humor comprehension. This demonstrates a separable role of language proficiency in humor comprehension and suggests avenues for future research in atypical populations known to have difficulties in this area.

Type: Article
Title: The development of children's comprehension and appreciation of riddles
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104709
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104709
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Children, Comprehension, Development, Humor, Language
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087338
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