Spontaneous humor among right hemisphere stroke survivors

Robin L. Heath, Lee X. Blonder

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We analyzed spontaneous conversational humor production and response among 11 right hemisphere-damaged (RHD) patients, 10 left hemisphere-damaged (LHD) patients, 7 normal controls (NC), and their spouses. RHD patients and their spouses reported a statistically significant decline in the patients' orientation to humor post-stroke. Also, we found a significant positive association between a RHD patient's ability to decode prosody and their self-reported orientation to humor post-stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Amy Kirkpatrick, who conducted the interviews, Robert King and Justin Yandell who analyzed the interviews, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Kentucky Hospital for permitting us to recruit informants from their facilities, Dr. L. Creed Pettigrew, Dr. Fred Schmitt and the staff of the Stroke Program at the University of Kentucky, and the people of Kentucky who participated in the study. We also thank anonymous reviewers for their comments on our manuscript. The research was supported in part by a grant from University Funds, University of Kentucky, to Dr. Robin Heath and a FIRST Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders to Dr. Lee Blonder (R29NS29082).


  • Humor
  • Laterality
  • Right hemisphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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