Validityreliability See Nomological Network Theory

VALUE THEORY. See DECISIONMAKING THEORIES; MEINONG'S THEORIES.

VANDENBERGH EFFECT. See OLFAC-TION/SMELL, THEORIES OF.

VASCULAR THEORY. See NAFE'S THEORY OF CUTANEOUS SENSITIVITY.

VEATCH'S THEORY OF HUMOR. This humor theory, proposed by Thomas C. Veatch (1998), states that humor is characterized fully by certain conditions that individually are necessary, and are jointly sufficient, for the humor experience to occur. The conditions of Veatch's theory of humor involve a subjective state of apparent emotional absurdity where the perceived situation is viewed as normal and where, simultaneously, some affective commitment of the perceiver (to the way something in the situation ought to be) is validated. Thus, according to this approach, humor occurs when one views a situation simultaneously as being normal, as well as constituting a violation of the "subjective moral order" where such an order is defined as the set of principles to which the person both has an affective commitment and a belief that he or she ought to hold those principles. Veatch explores the logical properties and empirical consequences of his theory, reviews the widely-recognized aspects and features of humor (e.g., incongruity, surprise, aggression, emotional transformation), suggests practical applications of his theory, and accounts for a wide variety of biological, social-communica-tional, and other categories/classes of humor-related phenomena. See also HUMOR, THEORIES OF; INCONGRUITY/INCONSISTENCY THEORIES OF HUMOR; SURPRISE THEORIES OF HUMOR. REFERENCE

Veatch, T. C. (1998). A theory of humor. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 11, 161-215.

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