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Social Psych Ch.12

Aggression; Chapter 12 of Social Psychology

Aggression Intentional behavior aimed at doing harm or causing pain to another person.
Hostile Aggression Aggression stemming from feelings of anger and aimed at inflicting pain.
Instrumental Aggression Aggression as a means to some goal other than causing pain.
Eros The instinct toward life, posited by Freud.
Thanatos According to Freud, an instinctual drive toward death, leading to aggressive actions.
Amygdala An area in the core of the brain that is associated with aggressive behaviors.
Serotonin A chemical in the brain that may inhibit aggressive impulses.
Testosterone A hormone associated with aggression.
Frustration-Aggression Theory The idea that frustration - the perception that you are being prevented from attaining a goal - increases the probability of an aggressive response.
Aggressive Stimulus An object that is associated with aggressive responses (e.g., a gun) and whose mere presence can increase the probability of aggression.
Social Learning Theory The idea that we learn social behavior (e.g., aggression) by observing others and imitating them.
Scripts Ways of behaving socially that we learn implicitly from our culture.
Catharsis The notion that "blowing off steam" - performing an aggressive act, watching others engage in aggressive behaviors, engaging in fantasy of aggression - relieves built-up aggressive energies and hence reduces the likelihood of further aggressive behavior.
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