Lecture 17 - Aggression Pt. 2
Lecture 17 - Aggression Pt. 2 PSYC 2012
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Leslie Ogu PSYC 2012 03/30/2016 Aggression Pt. 2 Who/What Do We Learn From? ➢ Parents ○ Ex: Physically punitive parents (parents who inflict punishment) tend to have physically aggressive children ➢ Society/Culture ○ Ex: Rape victim sentenced with 200 lashes in Saudi Arabia, honor killings, gang initiation and culture of violence, etc ➢ Media ○ Exposure to violent TV/video games tend to increase aggression Sources of Aggression ➢ We must also consider situational influences ➢ “Culture of Honor”: emphasizes honor and social status for men, and aggression to protect that honor (seen more in the South) ○ “Machismo”: meet challenges to masculinity via fighting/weapons ○ Southern duels, responses to an insult, pitchers from the South versus North ➢ Frustration: perception that you’re being prevented from attaining a goal ➢ FrustrationAggression Theory: frustration increases the probability of an aggressive response Other Factors That Influence Aggression ➢ Aversive Situations ○ Pain ■ Ex: In an experiment conducted, participants held on hand in lukewarm water or painfully cold water ■ Participants in cold water condition were more irritable / more likely to aggress ● Blasted others with loud, unpleasant noise ○ Heat ■ More violent crimes committed in summer months ■ Riots are more likely to occur on hot days ■ Ex: In an experiment, participants in a hot room were more likely to report feeling aggressive or hostile on questionnaires ○ Arousal ■ Excitation Transfer Theory: arousal created by one stimulus can be misattributed to a 2nd stimulus ● Ex: Arousal from exercise, violent movies, a frightening situation, etc. can be attributed to emotions like anger which can lead to aggression ● Ex: In an experiment, participants who were both aroused (from exercise) and angry gave higher shock levels to the other people ○ Aggressive cues/stimuli ■ The presence of objects associated with aggression can increase the probability of aggression ■ Weapons Effect ● Def: Priming of hostile thoughts, memories, scripts ○ Ex: Children who played with toy guns were more likely to knock down another child’s blocks ○ Ex: College students delivered more electric shock when a gun was nearby than when a badminton racket was nearby ● Experience with weapons influences aggressive thoughts ○ Pictures of hunting guns were more likely to prime aggressive thoughts among nonhunters, whereas pictures of assault guns were more likely to prime aggressive thoughts among hunters (Bartholow et al., 2004 experiment) ○ All of these factors can lead to aggression through: ■ Aggressive thoughts (e.g., scripts) ■ Negative affect/mood ■ Hostile attribution ○ Influences on Aggression ➢ Aversive Situation ⇒ Aggressive Cognition or Negative Emotion or Arousal ⇒ Aggressive Behavior ○ Aggression is complex ○ Result of: ■ Biological factors (e.g., testosterone) ■ Learned factors (e.g., imitation) ■ Personal factors (e.g., arousal) ■ Situational factors (e.g., heat) Aggression and Catharsis ➢ Catharsis: the idea that observing or engaging in aggression relieves pentup aggressive tendencies, and thus makes one less likely to aggres in the future ➢ Most people believe that catharsis reduce aggressive tendencies ○ Ex: Therapists have clients hit pillows to vent their anger ○ People report that it works and that it is calming ➢ Case Against Catharsis ○ It doesn’t work ■ Verbal expressions of hostility ■ Aggression toward inanimate object ■ Viewing violent media ● Focus of today’s lecture ○ Ebbeson’s Study ■ Workers were laidoff OR voluntarily left their job ■ Exit interview ● Verbalized hostility toward supervisor OR Talked about neutral aspects of their job ■ Completed evaluation of supervisor ● It was more positive for those who were angry and allowed to vent ○ Bushman’s Research ■ 600 College participants ● All were angered by another participant who criticized their essay ■ IV ● Rumination (hit punching bag while thinking about other participant) ● Distraction (hit punching bag and think about physical fitness) ● Control Group (no punching bag) ■ DV ● Aggression (blast provocateur with loud and long noises) ● Anger (mood measure) ■ Catharsis theory prediction: Venting participants less aggressive ■ Results didn’t support catharsis theory ** ● Participants in the rumination condition were the most angry and aggressive ○ Why doesn’t catharsis work? 1. Watching violence on TV, or acting aggressively, “teaches” us how to aggress (social learning theory) 2. Observing aggression increases arousal, and hence the likelihood to behave aggressively 3. If aggressing feels good, that reward makes it more likely that aggression will happen again in the future Media Violence ➢ 26% violent acts/hour in Saturday morning children’s programs ➢ 92% of pay cable network programs contain violent content ➢ 60% of all TV shows contain violence What is NOT Being Said ➢ All TV / video games are bad ➢ The effect of media violence on aggression is simple and direct ➢ Media violence affects everyone the same way and to the same extent How Do We Find the Answers? ➢ Main sources of data ○ Correlational studies ○ Longitudinal studies ○ Experimental studies ➢ Metaanalysis ○ Presents a picture of the overall pattern of results across studies ○ ALL of the metaanalyses conducted to date (starting in the 1970s) support the hypothesis that exposure to violent TV increases the risk of subsequent aggressive / antisocial behavior ○ Study: ■ Anderson et al., 2010 metaanalysis: across multiple countries, over 130,000 participants ● Violent videogames = higher aggressive behavior ■ Effects for experimental, correlational, and longitudinal studies and for boys and girls Correlational Studies ➢ Consistently find that the more violent TV a child watches, the more aggressive the child tends to be ○ Get into more fights, have more arguments with teachers, greater hostile attribution bias ➢ This relationship remains even when pulling out the influence of other variables (e.g., intelligence, family characteristics) ➢ Among college students, playing violent video games is related to aggressive and delinquent behavior ○ r = .46!! (quite high) ➢ But what if the direction is reversed? Longitudinal Studies ➢ Violent TV watching predicts later aggression, but aggression doesn’t predict later violent TV watching ○ Measured both aggressiveness and TV watching at ages 8 and 19 ○ TV at 8 predicted aggressiveness at 19 ○ Aggressiveness at 8 did NOT predict TV at 19 ➢ High levels of violent video game play early in a school year leads to higher levels of aggression 36 months later, controlling for initial aggression level ➢ 2008 Study: 364 American children ages 912 and 1200 children ages of 1218 from Japan Experimental Studies ➢ Children watched a violent or nonviolent TV program ➢ Then played a game of floor hockey ➢ Kids who saw the violent program were more aggressive ➢ Similar findings with college students ** ○ Those who played a violent video game increased aggressive thoughts and behavior (especially those who are prone to the behaviors) ➢ Numbing people to difficult, violent, and unpleasant events ➢ Increases indifferences to real victims of violence ➢ Repeatedly dehumanizing the “enemy” in games can affect how players regard real people ➢ Why does watching media violence have these negative consequences? ○ Increases physiological arousal and excitement ○ Triggers an automatic tendency to imitate hostile or violent characters ○ Primes existing aggressive ideas and expectations ○ Models social scripts: approved ways of behavior when we are frustrated, angry or hurt Why Might Videogame Violence Have an Even Larger Effect Than Other Media? 1. Identification with aggressor increases imitation of the aggressor 2. Active participation increases learning 3. Rehearsing an entire behavioral sequence is more effective than rehearsing only a part of it 4. Violence is continuous 5. Repetition increases learning 6. Rewards increase learning Konjin & Colleagues (2007) “I Wish I Were a Warrior” Experiment ➢ Participants: Adolescent boys ➢ IV: type of video game played ○ Violentrealistic ○ Violentfantasy ○ Nonviolent realistic ○ Nonviolent fantasy ➢ DV: level of noise blast given to “partner” on a reaction time task ➢ Want to be a positive role model / character = lowest level of blast Parallels with Cigarettes and Lung Cancer ➢ Not everyone who smokes gets lung cancer, and not everyone who gets lung cancer is a smoker ➢ Smoking is not the only factor that causes lung cancer, but it is an important factor ➢ The first cigarette can be nauseate. Repeated exposure reduces these sickening effects, and the person begins to crave more cigarettes. Reducing Media Effects: What Works? ➢ Media training with children ○ Those who produced a video for other kids about dangers of TV were less likely to show increases in aggression after exposure to violent media ➢ Parental Monitoring & Guidance ○ Viewing AND discussing media violence with children ○ Just viewing media with children has mixed effects **