AO1 media influence on antisocial behaviour

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  • AO1 media influence on antisocial behaviour
    • Cognitive priming
      • activation of existing aggressive thoughts and feelings
      • explains why children observe one kind of violence and commit a different type later on
      • immediately after a violent programme the viewer is primed to respond aggressively because a network of memories invoving aggression is retrieved
      • frequent exposure to scenes of violence may lead children to store scripts for agressive behaviour in their memories and these may be recalled in later situation if any asspect of the orginal situation is present
    • lowered physiological arousal
      • large scale studies have found that there are stronger desensitisation effects for males than there were for females
      • huesmann and moise report that boys who are heavey television watchers show lower than adverage physiological arousal in responce to new scenes of violence
      • the arousal stimulated by viewing violence is unpleasant at first but children who watch violent television become used to it and eventually the arousal lessens
    • obsevational learning and imitation
      • Children observe the actions of media models and may later imitate these behaviours especially if the child admires of idntifies with the model
      • television shows show both positive and negative consequences to violent behaviour
      • the more real the children percieves the violence to be the and the more they believe the person is like them the more likely they are to behave and imitate the behaviour they have learned
      • philps examined the crime statistics for the ten day period followinbg the heavyweight boxing contest and found a signifcant rise in the number of murders during that period.
    • Justification
      • television may provide justification for a childs own violent behaviour or they may provide moral guidlines concerning what is acceptable and what is not
      • children who behave violently may also watch violent television to relieve their guilt and justify their own aggression
      • viewing television violence may also produce attitude change and suggest that problems can be solved through aggressive behaviour
    • Desensitisation
      • it assumes that under normal conditions anxiety about violence inhibits it's use
      • the more televised violence a child watches the more acceptable the agressive behaviour becomes for the child
      • frequent veiwing of violent media cause the watcher to feel less axious around and about violence
  • it assumes that under normal conditions anxiety about violence inhibits it's use



Such a detailed and colourful mind map on media! Thank you!

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