Oppositioncoherence Theory

OF HUMOR. The opposition-coherence theory of humor (Chen, Cheng, & Cho, 2001) postulates that there are three key components that influence the degree of humor appreciation in humor stimuli: fixity of dominant schema; backward-inference difficulty; and degree of opposition of two opposing schema. Data generated from such a model of humor have been analyzed in terms of additive and multiplicative assumptions within information integration theory. Typical results in such analyses show that the three components of the opposition-coherence theory of humor operate in an additive/serial manner, and the "degree of opposition of two opposing schemata" generated by humorous text is the most salient of the three components. See also HUMOR, THEORIES OF; INFORMATION INTEGRATION THEORY. REFERENCES

Anderson, N. H. (Ed.) (1990). Contributions to information integration theory. Vol. 1: Cognition; Vol. 2: Social;

Vol. 3: Developmental. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Chen, H.-C., Cheng, C.-M., & Cho, S.-L. (2001). An opposition-coherence theory of humor. Chinese Journal of Psychology, 43, 137-153.

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