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February 09, 2021 Tuesday 12:54:31 PM IST

Teach Politics with Humour

Teacher Insights

A new research study done by the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio University found that when comparedto non-humourous news clips on politics, viewers are not only more likely to share humourously presented news but are also likely to remember the content. The study among 18-34 years was done by administering a memory test to determine how much information they retained about news clips in addition to collecting data on participants’ brain activity using fMRI technology. Participants were more likely to remember information about politics and government policy when it was conveyed in a humorous manner rather and more likely to share on social media. The insights may be useful in teaching political science in schools and colleges.