PS270 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Psychologies, Deindividuation, Rape Myth

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In analyzing hostile and instrumental aggression, social psychs have focused on three big ideas there is a biologically rooted aggressive drive. Instinct theory and evolutionary psychology: freud: aggression springs from a self-destructive impulse. Biochemical influences blood chemistry also influences neural sensitivity to aggressive stimulation. Alcohol alcohol unleashes aggression when people are provoked alcohol enhances aggressiveness by reducing people"s self-awareness, by focusing their attention on provocation. Testosterone hormonal influences appear much stronger in lower animals than in humans human aggressiveness does correlate with the male sex hormone, testosterone. Low serotonin low levels of this neurotransmitter found among violence prone children and adults. War ii: aggression as learned social behaviour social psychs contend that learning also pulls aggression out of us. What are some influences on aggression: under what conditions do we aggress, before we examined theories of aggression now we are looking at specific influences, aversive incidents, arousal, aggression cues, the media, and the group context.

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