Sarcasm is one of those forms of humor you either appreciate, or you're just bugged by. And as children develop their language and social skills, a lot can be told from their ability to recognize sarcasm. Anthony explains what exactly those things are.

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Empathy helps children to understand sarcasm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/f-ehc100313.php
"The greater the empathy skills of children, the easier it is for them to recognize sarcasm, according to a new study in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology."

Children's processing of emotion in ironic language
http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00691/abstract
"One of the challenges children face in developing emotion recog- nition is created by the fact that people often convey emotions indirectly, for example, through use of verbal irony."

Children's processing of emotion in ironic language
http://www.frontiersin.org/Developmental_Psychology/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00691/abstract
"In the present study we addressed two novel questions: (1) is children's irony appreciation and processing related to their empathy skills? and (2) is children's processing of a speaker's ironic meaning best explained by a modular or interactive theory?"

The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Science-of-Sarcasm-Yeah-Right.html
"In an episode of "The Simpsons," mad scientist Professor Frink demonstrates his latest creation: a sarcasm detector."

The Science of Sarcasm (Not That You Care)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/health/research/03sarc.html?_r=0
"There was nothing very interesting in Katherine P. Rankin's study of sarcasm - at least, nothing worth your important time. All she did was use an M.R.I. to find the place in the brain where the ability to detect sarcasm resides. But then, you probably already knew it was in the right parahippocampal gyrus."

How Sarcasm Works
http://people.howstuffworks.com/sarcasm.htm
"You walk outside to leave for work and discover that it's incredibly cold and rainy. Your next-door neighbor is leaving at the same time. "Great weather, huh?" you say. "Yes, wonderful!" he replies."

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