Laughter and Humour as Conversational Mind-Reading Displays

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Laughter and humor are pervasive phenomena in conversa- tional interactions. This paper argues that they function as displays of mind-reading abilities in social interactions–as suggested by the Analogi- cal Peacock Hypothesis (APH). In this view, they are both social bonding signals and can elevate one’s social status. The relational combination of concepts in humor is addressed. However, it is in the inclusion of context and receiver knowledge, required by the APH view, that it contributes the most to existing theories. Taboo and offensive humor are addressed in terms of costly signaling, and implications for human computer inter- action and some possible routes to solutions are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319398617
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743

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