Neural and Hormonal factors in Aggression (AQA) A2 AO1

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1. Tennes and Kreye (1985) conducted a study in to cortisol in aggression, what were their findings?

  • Medium levels of cortisol in violent children
  • High levels of cortisol in violent schoolchildren
  • Low levels of cortisol in violent schoolchildren
  • Non-existent levels of cortisol in violent schoolchildren
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2. Who created the Challenge hypothesis and in what year?

  • Virkunnen (1985)
  • Wingfield et al (1990)
  • Lavine (1997)
  • Klinesmith (2006)

3. In relation to the question where you had to guess who did the study on testosterone, what were the findings in this study?

  • Both violent and non-violent criminals had higher levels of testosterone in their blood stream
  • Violent criminals had lower levels of salivary testosterone than non-violent criminals
  • Violent criminals had higher levels of salivary testosterone than non violent criminals
  • Both violent and non-violent criminals had the same levels of salivary testosterone

4. To investigate the effects of Serotonin on aggression, Mann (1990) gave 35 healthy PPs (participants) dexfenfluramine which depletes Serotonin, what did he find?

  • There was no aggression change
  • Both genders were seen to show an increase in aggression
  • There was an increase in aggression in males, but not in females
  • There was an increase recorded in females, but not in males

5. What does Tennes and Kreye's study suggest?

  • That violent schoolchildren are a problem in today's society
  • Aggression is caused by both Cortisol and Testosterone equally
  • That high testosterone is the most important factor in aggression but that low cortisol levels also increase the likelihood of aggression
  • Cortisol is the most important factor in determining the reason for aggression

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