Explanations Of Aggression- The Roles of Hormones

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What are hormones?
Chemical messages that regulate and control bodily functions, they travel through the blood stream
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What is testosterone and what does it do?
A hormone which is in larger quantities in males, it develops and maintains male characteristics
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How does testosterone relate to aggression?
There have been many studies into the fact that the more testosterone someone has, there more aggressive they are
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What was found in Mazur's study?
They carried a correlation study and found that as testosterone increases with age in teenagers, the levels of aggression increase
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What did Hawke find in his study?
They took cases of convicted sex offenders being castrated, they found a correlation between being levels of aggression and sex drive
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Name an animal study investigating the role of hormones
Edwards- injected female rodents with testosterone then compared them to a control group, the ones injected had increased levels of aggression
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Supporting Evidence
Plenty of research supporting, convicted sex offenders castrated, less aggression, however a lot of animal studies, lacks generalisability
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Usefulness
Animal studies lack generalisability, hormones do different things across species so could be different for humans, lacks application and usefulness
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Testability
A lot of the research is correlational, hard to say it was definitely due to the IV, e.g. testosterone increases aggression or does aggression increase testosterone?
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