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Discuss one or more social psychological theories of aggression (24
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We learn aggressive behaviour through observation and imitation. People learn the specifics of
aggressive behaviour and its consequences by observing others being rewarded or punished for
their aggressive behaviour; this is known as the Social Learning Theory.
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importance of biological factors, but relies on learning and the environment. This suggests that the
Social Learning Theory is a reductionist explanation of aggression.

Another social psychological explanation of aggression is the Deindividuation theory which is a
psychological state characterised by lowered self-evaluation and evaluation for others, thus losing
one's…

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