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Area woman to show research at Washburn

By The Mercury

Washburn University student Lauren Henry, of Randolph, will present a research poster, “Sarcasm: Who uses it? Who likes it? Who hates it?” at The Washburn Apeiron: A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 19, on the university campus.

In the abstract, she noted, “Sarcasm has always been identified as a controversial type of humor. This comprehensive review of literature explores numerous theories and motivations behind sarcastic humor elicitation. In addition, this presentation will explore the many different reactions this provocative type of humor can have on disparate audiences in varying social contexts.”

Henry is a senior and is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in psychology and human services.

This poster presentation will fulfill a portion of the Washburn Transformational Experience opportunity, for which Henry must demonstrate excellence in scholarly and creative activity, community service, leadership or international education. The WTE was established to provide baccalaureate students with the opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning designed to complement traditional college studies.

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study. Eighty-five students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances.

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