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The reason why older adults do not understand jokes as frequently as younger adults can be explained by the incongruity model. Older adults may lack the cognitive abilities necessary to generate multiple representations, hold them all in their minds at once to recognize the incongruity, or suppress the first one that was activated as a result of aging-related declines. Understanding the joke requires both control and working memory abilities. However, when older adults succeed in their efforts to do these things, they typically exhibit greater humor appreciation than do younger adults, and they also tend to report higher levels of life satisfaction. However, there might be other areas of humor where older people have an advantage. Age-related increases in wisdom are a type of reasoning that is associated with subjective well-being. A wise person knows how to use humor or when to laugh at oneself. Humor and wisdom go hand in hand. Additionally, the wisdom and experience that come with age can help one develop intuition as a form of decision-making. Since it has been reframed as a key type of reasoning, intuition is experiencing something of a renaissance in psychology research, similar to how humor has. We perceive and appreciate humor more quickly than logically, and intuition assists humor in schema formation and incongruity resolution. Parsing time, thinking about the past, present, and future, and imagining specifics in these mental representations are all uniquely human abilities. Time perspective is essential to the human experience, just like humor. Our capacity for humor is intertwined with our ability to travel through time and experience subjective happiness.

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