Sociopsychological theories of aggression

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1. How do the Kung Sun of the Kalahari desert act in terms of aggression?

  • Aggression isn't a social norm and when children argue or fight instead of being punished they are separated and/or distracted
  • Aggression increases their status in males
  • They act mildly aggressively towards their children
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2. What is Patterson et al?

  • Children considered socially aggressive were reported to have parents that punished them aggressively and they were advised non-aggressive punishments to reduce their child's aggressive behaviour
  • Mirror neurones are activated when carrying out an activity and when watching it
  • The children in the aggressive condition would act aggressive to the Bobo doll whereas those in the non-aggressive didn't

3. Issue of Bandura's study using Bobo doll

  • Doesn't actually represent aggressive behaviour it shows play behaviour
  • Age bias, cannot be applied to adults
  • Laboratory experiment is too artificial

4. What are the four factors of Bandura's theory of Vicarious reinforcement?

  • Attention, Retention, Reproduction and Motivation
  • Attention, Retention, Replication and Motivation
  • Attention, Retention, Reproduction and Desire
  • Attention, Retention, Replication and Desire

5. Why is Bandura's theory of vicarious reinforcement advantageous?

  • It considers the free will we have in aggressive behaviour
  • Too simplistic and not holistic enough
  • Doesn't consider biological factors such as neural and hormonal mechanisms


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