New research shows that kids who have higher levels of general knowledge and verbal reasoning tell better jokes. But there’s more.
Researchers also find that general intelligence is highly correlated with humor. The higher a child’s level of intelligence, the greater his or her ability to be humorous.
Lead study author Professor Ugur Sak, from Anadolu University, Turkey, adds, “Parents and teachers should be aware that if their children or students frequently make good quality humor, it is highly likely that they have extraordinary intelligence.” Turkey an ideal research location, because it is considered a synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures.
The study also shows that these kids not only have higher IQ (Intelligence Quotient), but higher EQ (Emotional Quotient – or intuitive sensibility); because they innately know that humor helps kids accept each other. Researchers say it’s not the same for grown-ups – who are more likely to use humor for simple entertainment. Acceptance is linked to survival.
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Research finds that kids with higher levels of intelligence, general knowledge and verbal reasoning will consistently tell better jokes