Configurational Theories Of

HUMOR. The configurational theories of humor - which are allied closely to Gestalt psychology and Gestalt theory - are characterized, generally, by the perceptual experience of originally unrelated elements as suddenly falling into the "proper" place. Both the configurational and the incongruity theories of humor possess the common features of cognitive and perceptual attributes of humor. However, the incongruity approach emphasizes the perception of "disjointedness" in humor, whereas the configurational approach stresses "perceptual figure-ground shifts," the "falling into place," and "sudden insight" of originally ambiguous elements as the basis for the humor experience. See also FIGURE-GROUND RELATIONSHIPS, PRINCIPLE OF; GESTALT THEORY/LAWS; HUMOR, THEORIES OF; INCONGRU-ITY/INCON-SISTENCY THEORIES OF HUMOR; INCONGRUITY-

RESOLUTION THEORIES; MAIER'S THEORY OF HUMOR. REFERENCE

Roeckelein, J. E. (2002). The psychology of humor. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

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