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This catalog contains descriptions of tests used in humor research, and in some cases, the original tests.
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Humor Appreciation Tests

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3 WD Humor Test

Authorship: Willibald Ruch

Category:   Humor Appreciation Test

Year:         1983

Measures:  Six scales for the funniness and aversiveness of 3 types of humor

Availability: Instrument available from the author

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Antioch Sense of Humor Inventory (ASHI–Part 1)

Authorship: Harvey Mindess, Carolyn Miller, Joy Turek, Amanda Bender, and Suzanne Corbin

Category:   Humor Appreciation Test

Year:         1985

Measures:  Preference scales for 10 different humor categories

Availability: Instrument available from online retailers

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Humor Cognition Test

Authorship: Alan Feingold and Ronald Mazella

Category:   Humor Appreciation Test

Year:         1993

Measures:  Scales for Joke Knowledge, Joke Reasoning, and Overall Humor Cognition

Availability: Instrument available from the author

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IPAT Humor Test

Authorship: Donald L. Tollefson and Raymond B. Cattell

Category:   Humor Appreciation Test

Year:         1963/1966

Measures:  Thirteen humor-related personality traits

Availability: Limited.

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Self/Peer Report Scales

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Coping Humor Scale (CHS)

Authorship: Rod A. Martin & Herbert M. Lefcourt

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1983

Measures:  Seven item scale for humor-related coping with life stress

Availability: Instrument available from the authors and the ISHS website

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Humor Styles Questionnaire (HSQ)

Authorship: Rod A. Martin and Patricia Puhlik-Doris

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         2003

Measures:  4 dimensions of humorous style

Availability: Instrument available from the authors and the ISHS website

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Humorous Behavior Q-Sort Deck (HBQD)

Authorship: Kenneth Craik, Martin Lampert, and Arvalea Nelson

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1968/1993

Measures:  100 Items of humor-related behavior; 5 dimensions of humorous style

Availability: Instrument and manual available through the ISHS website

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Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale (MSHS)

Authorship: James A. Thorson and Falvey C. Powell

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1993

Measures:  Four scales for Overall Humor Sense, Humor Appreciation, Creativity, and Coping

Availability: Instrument available from the authors and the ISHS website

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Sense of Humor Questionnaire (SHQ)

Authorship: Sven Svebak

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1974

Measures:  Scores for Metamessage Sensitivity, Liking of Humor, Expressiveness, and Overall Sense of Humor

Availability: Instrument available from the authors and the ISHS website

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Sense of Humor Questionnaire 6 (SHQ-6)

Authorship: Sven Svebak

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1996

Measures:  Single sense of humor score

Availability: Instrument available from the authors and the ISHS website

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Sense of Humor Scale

Authorship: Paul McGhee

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1996

Measures:  Overall Humor Quotient and 8 subscales of humor-related behavior

Availability: Instrument available from the Laughter Remedy (www.laughterremedy.com)

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Situational Humor Response Questionnaire (SHRQ)

Authorship: Rod A. Martin & Herbert M. Lefcourt

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1984

Measures:  Overall score for the tendency to be amused and laugh easily across situations.

Availability: Instrument available from the authors and the ISHS website

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State-Trait-Cheerfulness-Inventory-State Part (STCI-S)

Authorship: Ruch, Köhler, & van Thriel

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1997

Measures:  State cheerfulness, state seriousness, and state bad mood for 4 time points

Availability: Instrument Available from the authors

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State-Trait-Cheerfulness-Inventory-Trait Part (STCI-T)

Authorship: Ruch, Köhler, & van Thriel

Category:   Self-Report Scale

Year:         1996

Measures:  Trait cheerfulness, trait seriousness, trait bad mood

Availability: Instrument available from the authors

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