Extraversion, Alcohol, and Enjoyment

Willibald Ruch

in What the Face Reveals

Second edition

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195179644
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847044 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Extraversion, Alcohol, and Enjoyment

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This chapter examines the role of extraversion and consumption of low and medium doses of alcohol on facial and verbal indicators of humor-induced positive affect. It also assesses whether the separation of enjoyment and non-enjoyment displays plays a critical role in verifying the hypothesis that extraversion is a predictor of the frequency and intensity of smiling and laughter. Generally, the results underscore the necessity of including extraversion in future studies of the effects of alcohol on humor-induced positive affect. Likewise, the separation of enjoyment displays from other sorts of smiles/laughter appears necessary for the verification of hypotheses. Moreover, the inclusion of temperamental traits, such as cheerfulness or extraversion, in the experimental study of smiling and laughter seems to be fruitful.

Keywords: extraversion; alcohol; enjoyment; humor; facial indicators; verbal indicators; smiling; laughter

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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