Creativity and humor in the elderly: Shared mechanisms and common functions to promote well-being

Carlo Cristini, Laura Colautti, Annamaria Della Vedova, Alessandro Antonietti*

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Abstract

In the paper the possible links between creative thinking and humor are sketched and their role in promoting well-being in the elderly is taken into account. The specific features of creative thinking in older people and its developmental trend in aging are outlined. The changes in humor which occur during aging are considered as well. The connections between creative thinking and humor are analysed, by highlighting the cognitive mechanisms which are shared and the alleged common neural underpinnings. The functions which creativity and humor can play to promote well-being in late adulthood are discussed. These functions refer to the way older people can interpret their own experience, interact and communicate with others, and face daily problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume828
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Brain
  • Creativity
  • Health
  • Humor
  • Longevity
  • Well-being

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