Use of humour in medical teaching: A scientific basis

Vivek Kirpekar

Abstract


The perception and the creation of humor is possibly the most complex of all human activities and behaviors. Humor is defined as "the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life and the artistic expression thereof'. This definition of humor implies that most forms of humor are based on incongruity, the juxtaposition of the ‘expected with the unexpected’. Humorous material typically has three components - 1) a commonly understood situation. 2) a build-up of anticipation, suspense or tension and 3) an unexpected twist, response or punchline.

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