Psychology Aggression: Genetic Explanations

Revision for Genetic explanations for aggressions (including: A01: Assumption of the theory, Twin studies and adoption studies. A02: Evaluation of the theory. A03: Research that supports the theory and evaluation of research.

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Genetic Explanations for aggression
A01 ­ Describing theory (9 marks)
Assumption = That aggression is the result of
biological causes. Specifically, people may have
inherited aggression through their genes. This may
be that they have inherited faulty hormonal or
neural systems genetically.

Sandberg (1961) ­ Some males have been

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significant number of adopted boys with criminal
convictions had biological parents with criminal
convictions. This therefore lends a lot of weight
to the genetic explanation especially as the study
included so many participants giving it good
A03 (4 marks) A theory is only as good as
the research which…

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> Implies that we can control aggression by controlling genes.
E.g. genetic engineering in order to breed people who are calmer/less aggressive.
LINK: so, theory useful to society as can reduce aggression biologically.
Are they
> Yet, implications not feasible/possible to carry out, e.g. moral/social problems with
useful/what are


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