Lecture on April 11th: Aggression

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Department
Psychology & Brain Sciences
Course
PSYCH 360
Professor
John Bickford
Semester
Spring

Description
Social Psychology, Lecture on April 11 th Aggression Reasons to think violent video games may have even stronger effects than passive media (such as movies).  Identification with an aggressor increases imitation.  Active participation increases learning.  Practicing entire behavioral sequence.  Violence is continuous.  Repetition increases learning.  Rewards increase learning. Parents as aggressive models.  Physical punishment. o Models aggressive behaviors. o Teaches aggression as social control. o Teaches instrumental aggression. o Parent may become conditioned aversive stimulus. o Parent may become discriminative stimulus. o Can become abusive. Role of heightened arousal,  Excitation transfer. o Arousal produced in one situation “transfers over” to another, unrelated situation.  for example, an event that would normally just be a minor annoyance (being cut off in traffic) might instead be met with rage if you were already upset at something else (being late for work) – the arousal from being late for work “transfers to being cut off.  Arousal dissipates slowly over time, widening the opportunity for transfer.  Intensification of emotional reaction to second situation.  Depends on cognitive appraisal. Person variables related to aggression,  Negative affectivity.  Hostile attribution bias. o Tendency to perceive hostile motives in other people’s ambiguous actions.  Narcissim. o Excessive self-regard.  Tend to be ego defensive.  Tend to react with extreme anger an aggression.  Tend to be rejection sensitive.  Sensation-seekers. o Attracted to aggression
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