Aggression

AQA Specification:

  • Neural and hormonal mechanisms in aggression, including the roles of the limbic system, serotonin and testosterone.
  • Genetic factors in aggression, including the MAOA gene.
  • The ethological explanation of aggression, including reference to innate releasing mechanisms and fixed action patterns. Evolutionary explanations of human aggression.
  • Social psychological explanations of human aggression, including the frustration-aggression hypothesis, social learning theory as applied to human aggression, and de-individuation.
  • Institutional aggression in the context of prisons: dispositional and situational explanations.
  • Media influences on aggression, including the effects of computer games. The role of desensitisation, disinhibition and cognitive priming
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