Presentation of humor and facilitation of a relaxation response among internal and external scorers on Rotter's scale

Psychol Rep. 1993 Jun;72(3 Pt 2):1248-50. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1993.72.3c.1248.


40 men and 40 women categorized on the dimension of locus of control were measured for relaxation following exposure to humorous or nonhumorous stimuli. Internal scorers showed enhanced relaxation during subsequent measurement of biofeedback.

MeSH terms

  • Biofeedback, Psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Muscle Relaxation*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Wit and Humor as Topic*