The role of humor in human relationships: An evolutionary model  [presentation, ppt, 415 kB]

Tisljar R., Sefcsik T., Bereczkei T.
First author's affiliation: University of Szeged, Department of Psychology, Szeged, Hungary

Many theories explain the functions of humor in the people's everyday lives. In the light of evolutionary psychology, humor has adaptive features, but the questions on the exact selective pressure has remained unanswered. Human relationships, including mate choice, involve several aspects of humor. We regard humor as a signaling tool that, among others, enable people to detect the degree of similarity between the prospective partners or friends. One of the main questions of our study is to what degree couples and friends share the same humor style, and whether this kind of resemblance (or homogamy) leads to a higher level of satisfaction with their relationship.