Psychology Aggression: Explanations for group display

Explanations for group display e.g. sports events & lynch mobs.

Includes: A01: Assumption of the theory, lynch mob;transition and power threat & sports teams and supporters. A02: Evaluation of the theory. A03: Research that supports the theory and evaluation of the research (Maxwell & Viscek, Cialdini)

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Explanations for group display, e.g.
sports events & lynch mobs
A01 ­ Describing theory (9 marks)
Assumption = That group display (team aggression) is best explained in
an evolutionary sense. This means that it is adaptive to be aggressive as
a group and our ancestors would have found it useful…

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· Maxwell & Viscek (2009) ­ questioned 144 rugby union
players about their aggression in the game.
· Those high in professionalism placed more emphasis on
winning and were more likely to use unsanctioned aggression.
· Cheating (and not getting caught) is adaptive.
· Victory in matches…

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aggressive >It does not account for those people who choose to go against the aggressive group and do not join
behaviour? in the behaviour, e.g. people who refused to go to war (conscientious objectors) or people who stand
against lynching, even at the risk of their own lives.

> Group…




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