Psychology Aggression: Explanations for Institutional Aggression.

Explanations for institutional aggression (including: A01: Assumption of the theory and the 'bad barrel' hypothesis. A02: Evaluation of the theory. A03: Research that supports the theory and evaluation of research (Zimbardo)

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Explanations for institutional aggression
A01 ­ Describing theory (9 marks)
Assumption = Aggression in institutions occurs
as the result of situational factors, `the bad
barrel hypothesis'
It is the situation that individuals within an
institution are exposed to that will cause
aggression, rather than the individuals
themselves. ANYONE put into…

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A03 (4 marks) A theory is only as good as
the research which supports it....
Research & HOW it supports theory Evaluation of research & what this means for theory

Zimbardo's prison experiment supports the theory that >Stanford prison study was not a real life situation ­
situational factors are…

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> Implies that aggression is DETERMINED by environment (no FREE WILL) so we cannot
blame people and cannot punish people. So, justice system would not work.
LINK: so, theory not useful/valid in this respect as it does not allow for moral
responsibility, which clearly must exist in society.
> Situational…


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