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Discuss one or more social psychological theories of aggression (24
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


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