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The complexity of jokes is limited by cognitive constraints on mentalizing

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Although laughter is probably of deep evolutionary origin, the telling of jokes, being language-based, is likely to be of more recent origin within the human lineage. In language-based communication, speaker and listener are engaged in a process of mutually understanding each other’s intentions (mindstates), with a conversation minimally requiring three orders of intentionality. Mentalizing is cognitively more demanding than non-mentalizing cognition, and there is a well-attested limit at fiv...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s12110-015-9251-6

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
Oxford college:
St Anne's College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-4266-6834
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
SAME
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-9870-4633
Publisher:
Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Human Nature Journal website
Volume:
27
Issue:
2
Pages:
130-140
Publication date:
2015-11-23
Acceptance date:
2015-08-21
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EISSN:
1936-4776
ISSN:
1045-6767
Pmid:
26597196
Source identifiers:
574664
Language:
English
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pubs:574664
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uuid:360fc258-52aa-4729-8867-172a7b9ccaad
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pubs:574664
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2019-08-02

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