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THE ROLE OF GENETIC FACTORS IN AGGRESSION

Intro:
Aggression is behaviour directed towards another intended to harm or
injure.
Assumes aggression is caused due to internal factors.
Factors include genetic influences, biochemical influence and brain
structure.

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Biochemistry studied in 2008 by Nelson…

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condition.. Since research in this area is conflicting, not possible to
conclude that XYY chromosome causes aggressive behaviour.
Evaluation:
Social desirability ­ men could have claimed they are more aggressive
than they really are.
Doesn't take into account other biological factors such as testosterone,…

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INSTITUTIONAL AGGRESSION

Intro:
Aggression is behaviour intended to harm or injure directed towards
another human being ­ could include physical and psychological harm.
Institutional aggression occurs when aggressive behaviour becomes the
norm of an institution.

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Importation model developed by Irwin and Cressey…

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Deprivation model developed by Peterson and Peterline 1999.
Argues that aggressive behaviour is the product of stressful and
oppressive environment.
Supported by research done by Hodgkinson et al 1985 ­ found trainee
nurses more likely to suffer violent assault that experienced nurses…

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GROUP DISPLAY AS AN ADAPTIVE RESPONSE

Intro:
Aggression is behaviour directed towards another intended to harm or
injure.
About relationship between group membership and displays of
aggression.
Explains why people behave differently in a group ­ links to
evolutionary which explains aggression in terms…

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Religious Rituals are another places where aggressive behaviour is in a
group is displayed.
One type of Muslims celebrates Ashura where they harm themselves.
Sosis 2009 believes religious rituals are a crucial feature to the success
of a religion. By harming themselves, individuals show…

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NEURAL AND HORMONAL MECHANISMS IN AGRESSION

Intro:
Aggression is behaviour directed towards another intended to harm or
injure.
Assumes that aggression is located within the biological make up of the
individual.
Includes neural transmitters and hormonal mechanisms.

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Two types of neurotransmitters ­…

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Male sex hormone testosterone though to have influence on aggression
To test this Klinesmith et al 2006 had male college students provide
saliva to measure levels of testosterone after split into 2 groups; one
with gun and other with child's toy.
Gun group was…

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SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY

Intro:
Aggression is behaviour directed towards another intended to harm or
injure.
Defined as learning behaviour controlled by the environment rather
than innate or internal forces.
Includes operant conditioning - reward and vicarious re-enforcement ­
punishment.
For aggression to be learnt…

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After playing both groups given the chance to punish each other. The
group who played violent video games was more likely to punish.
Evaluation:
Individual differences ­ different personality, maybe people generally
were more aggressive.
Socially sensitive research ­ participants can learn violence
Low…

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