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Ch 10: Aggression. Part 2: Apr. 2, 2014. 3) Social Learning Theory (cont.). Bandura’s experiment – Bobo doll Led to concerns about kids modeling violence TV and Violence - Effect on behavior & beliefs? Bushman & Eron’s longitudinal research – Gerbner’s research:

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Ch 10 aggression

Ch 10: Aggression

Part 2: Apr. 2, 2014


3 social learning theory cont

3) Social Learning Theory (cont.)

  • Bandura’s experiment – Bobo doll

    • Led to concerns about kids modeling violence

  • TV and Violence - Effect on behavior & beliefs?

    • Bushman & Eron’s longitudinal research –

    • Gerbner’s research:

      • “Mean World Syndrome”

        • Contrast with actual crime rates –

      • “Happy Violence”


4 situational cues

4) Situational Cues:

a) Pain

b) Crowding - physical vs. psychological

Links w/aggression?

Sociological evidence comparing countries?


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c) Alcohol

What personality trait links alcohol use & aggression?

d) Heat

Evidence from MLB - hit batters & retaliation?


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e) Culture of Honor – southern U.S.

Differences in aggression & prompts for aggression based on ‘defending honor’

  • Nisbett’s research w/Southernstudents at U of Michigan

    • Lab experiment –

    • Results?

    • Field experiment – hire a murderer or thief?


Importance of cues

Importance of Cues

  • Arousal & Aggression Cues

    • Schacter’s experiment: injected subjects w/adrenaline

      • Difference in attributions based on whether side effects were expected

      • What were results?

  • Guns – cues for aggressive behavior, prime hostile thoughts

    • What are typical experimental results?

    • Hot sauce experiments – testosterone & gun handling


Violent video games

Violent Video Games

  • Link with aggression?

    • Anderson & Bushman’s research (2001):

      • 2 groups: Play Mortal Kombat or PGA Tournament Golf

      • Next, compete w/others

      • Results?

  • Criticism of this type of research?


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