Neural and Hormonal factors in Aggression (AQA) A2 AO1

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

  • 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
  • That violent schoolchildren are a problem in today's society
  • Aggression is caused by both Cortisol and Testosterone equally
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2. Tennes and Kreye (1985) conducted a study in to cortisol in aggression, what were their findings?

  • Low levels of cortisol in violent schoolchildren
  • High levels of cortisol in violent schoolchildren
  • Non-existent levels of cortisol in violent schoolchildren
  • Medium levels of cortisol in violent children

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. In what way does Cortisol influence aggression?

  • It sucks your blood which makes you angry, producing more testosterone and provoking aggression (I ran out of ideas, okay? :/ )
  • It doesn't
  • It influences aggression related hormones
  • It directly influences aggression levels

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

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