The Cognitive Component of Amusement

  • Alan RobertsEmail author


In this chapter, I define the cognitive component of amusement by critically assessing incongruity theories. In Section 1, I assess Early Incongruity Theory from Chapter  3, in Section 2, I assess unsuccessful refinements of the concept of incongruity, in Section 3, I propose a bisociation refinement of incongruity, in Section 4, I propose a resolution refinement of incongruity and, in Section 5, I combine my bisociation and resolution refinements to define the cognitive component of amusement. Finally, in Section 6, I summarise the key claims of this chapter.


Cognitive Amusement Incongruity Bisociation Resolution 


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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