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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:29 am  Reply with quoteBack to top

Humour 'comes from testosterone'
Men are naturally more comedic than women because of the male hormone
testosterone, an expert claims.
Men make more gags than women and their jokes tend to be more aggressive,
Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, says.
The unicycling doctor observed how the genders reacted to his "amusing"
hobby.
Women tended to make encouraging, praising comments, while men jeered. The
most aggressive were young men, he told the British Medical Journal.

Previous findings have suggested women and men differ in how they use and
appreciate humour.
Women tend to tell fewer jokes than men and male comedians outnumber female
ones.
Aggressively funny
Research suggests men are more likely to use humour aggressively by making
others the butt of the joke.
And aggression - generally considered to be a more masculine trait - has been
linked by some to testosterone exposure in the womb.
Professor Shuster believes humour develops from aggression caused by male
hormones.
He documented the reaction of over 400 individuals to his unicycling antics
through the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The difference between the men and women was absolutely remarkable and
consistent
Professor Shuster

Almost half of people responded verbally - more being men. Very few of the
women made comic or snide remarks, while 75% of the men attempted comedy -
mostly shouting out "Lost your wheel?", for example.
Mocking and sneering
Often the men's comments were mocking and intended as a put-down. Young men
in cars were particularly aggressive - they lowered their windows and shouted
abusively.
This type of behaviour decreased among older men however, who tended to offer
more admiring comments, much like the women.
"The idea that unicycling is intrinsically funny does not explain the
findings," said Professor Shuster.
The simplest explanation, he says, is the effect of male hormones such as
testosterone.
"The difference between the men and women was absolutely remarkable and
consistent," said Professor Shuster.
"At 11-13 years, the boys began to get really aggressive. Into puberty, the
aggression became more marked, then it changed into a form of joke. The men
were snide."
The initial aggressive intent seems to become channelled into a more subtle
and sophisticated joke, so the aggression is hidden by wit, explained
Professor Shuster.
Dr Nick Neave is a psychologist at the University of Northumbria who has been
studying the physical, behavioural, and psychological effects of
testosterone.
He suggested men might respond aggressively because they see the other
unicycling man as a threat, attracting female attention away from themselves.
"This would be particularly challenging for young males entering the breeding
market and thus it does not surprise me that their responses were the more
threatening. "

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news. bbc.co.uk/ go/pr/fr/ -/1/hi/health/ 7153584.stm

Published: 2007/12/21 00:17:15 GMT

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Humor is a great attractor.  That's one of the things that attracted me to my husband, and he's still making me laugh, almost 31 years later. Laughing

Jessica Rabbit said it, when asked what she saw in Roger - "He makes me laugh."




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