On the use of scale distortion for visual humour


visual humour
humour perception
scale distortion

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Swaboda, C., & Miller, T. (2024). On the use of scale distortion for visual humour: a preliminary analysis. The European Journal of Humour Research, 12(2), 206–211. https://doi.org/10.7592/EJHR.2024.12.2.904


In contrast to verbal humour, visual humour remains a relatively underdeveloped area of research. In this exploratory study, we investigate whether scale incongruity – i.e., discrepancy between the expected and actual experience of the size of an object – can serve as a source of humour in the visual modality. We adapt a pre-existing visual data set of mundane scenes by altering the size of an individual object in each scene and collecting humorousness ratings from human annotators on the original and scale-distorted versions. Our analysis of these annotations reveals that scenes with distorted objects are perceived to be significantly funnier than the original images.



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