Using a Pilot Study for Selecting Stimuli for Analysis: The Effects of Disparaging Humor on Stereotyping

Abstract

In this methods case study, we discuss the pilot study as a way to obtain adequate humorous stimuli for research purposes when researching humor from a psychological point of view. We present data from our research project on disparaging humor. Specifically, we analyzed the impact of the exposure to disparaging humor on undergraduate students in the context of university-based ingroup stereotyping. The first step was the selection of humorous material from a pilot study involving 102 university students. A detailed description of the research process is provided, and specific attention is given to the gathering, analysis, and reporting of the humorous stimuli to be used in the research process.

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