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Psychology unit 3 aggression




Hormonal factors in aggressive behaviour

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The Basal model suggests that genes influence levels of testosterone which in turn
causes aggressive behaviours. Exposure to testosterone before puberty alters
neural networks forming pathways which are linked to aggressive behaviours.
Exposure to testosterone after puberty activates these pathways…

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Psychology unit 3 aggression




Methological evaluation

All studies were correlational
Cross species comparisons
Only looked at males, criminals and students

Theoretical evaluation

Only looks at testosterone so is reductionist and ignores other factors such
as genes and other hormones.
Contradictory evidence: reciprocal model states that environmental
influences can cause us…

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