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Are Harmless Moral Violations Funny?

The Benign Violation Theory of Humor

The combination of a moral violation with benign consequences is a recipe for amusement, says an interesting new study on what makes things funny. Available alongside the peer-reviewed research article Benign Violations: Making Immoral Behavior Funny, McGraw and Warren, Psychological Science, 2010, in a multimedia pubcast, or an audio podcast version.

Are Harmless Moral Violations Funny?

Sandra Kiume

Sandra Kiume is a mental health advocate from Vancouver, Canada, and the founder of @unsuicide. Along with maintaining Channel N, she contributes to World of Psychology.

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Kiume, S. (2019). Are Harmless Moral Violations Funny?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 28, 2020, from


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