Humor comprehension of Chinese adolescents with and without dyslexia

Li-Chih WANG, Sau Mei Stephanie CHU, Ji-Kang CHEN

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This study aims to bridge the research gap in the humour comprehension problems of individuals with dyslexia in Chinese culture. We conducted a nonexperimental study to examine the differences between Chinese adolescents with and without dyslexia in visual humour comprehension as well as the group differences in the correlation of visual humour comprehension with other abilities. In total, 48 Chinese adolescents (16 individuals with dyslexia and 32 individuals without dyslexia) were recruited in Hong Kong. They were all administered several tasks: tests of nonverbal IQ, Chinese character reading, visual-spatial attention, orthographic knowledge, and visual humour comprehension. Our results indicated that visual humour comprehension is correlated with other abilities. Additionally, the group with dyslexia performed significantly less accurately on most tasks except humour comprehension accuracy. However, only visual spatial attention, orthographic knowledge, and humour comprehension speed significantly predicted membership in the two groups. Finally, approximately half of the participants with dyslexia had significantly slower humour comprehension than those with typical development. Our findings shed light on problems with humour comprehension exhibited by Chinese individuals with dyslexia. Copyright © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-483
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Issue number3
Early online date14 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2024


Wang, L.-C., Chu, S. M. S., & Chen, J.-K. (2024). Humor comprehension of Chinese adolescents with and without dyslexia. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 71(3), 468-483.


  • Chinese adolescent
  • Dyslexia
  • Humour comprehension accuracy
  • Humour comprehension accuracy speed


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