Joke Comprehension May Decrease with Age

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Wednesday, July 11 2007 Jul 11, 2007 Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:20:36 AM CDT July 11, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new psychology study at Washington University is no laughing matter. It finds that older adults may have a harder time understanding jokes because of an age-related decline in certain memory and reasoning abilities. Researchers tested about 40 undergraduate students and 40 older adults. Study participants had to take part in cognitive tests and select the best endings to jokes. The researchers found that the older adults were less able to understand the jokes. They say that doesn't mean older people aren't funny or don't have a sense of humor. Their ability to appreciate jokes wasn't measured. The study is published this month in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

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