Asperger syndrome and humor

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Asperger Syndrome (AS) is marked by severe social impairments. This paper reviews studies on humor and discusses its role in the social functioning of people with AS. Although studies are few, research generally suggests that individuals with AS are somewhat impaired in their ability to process humorous materials due to fragmented cognitive processes. Because humor plays an essential role in social interactions in everyday life, these findings suggest that the lack of ability to appreciate humor may be partly responsible for the social deficits in people with AS. There is a need for more research into the social behavior of individuals with AS from the point of view of humor. Whether people with AS can improve their social relationships through humor training is an important topic for future research. Copyright © 2009 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in psychology research
EditorsAlexandra M. COLUMBUS
Place of PublicationHuntington, N.Y.
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781608764907, 9781606925713
Publication statusPublished - 2009


Leung, K.-W., & Cheng, S.-T. (2009). Asperger syndrome and humor. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in psychology research (Vol. 59, pp. 255-266). Huntington, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


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