Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effect of provocation ambiguity and prime content on aggressive behavior
by Grosvenor, Marianne, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 67; 1490383
Abstract (Summary)

The current study is the first to assess the moderating effect of provocation ambiguity on alcohol-primed aggression. In addition, it is the first to employ a physical measure of aggressive behavior in investigating the effect of priming alcohol on aggression. Participants were primed with either alcohol or neutral cues followed by a high ambiguity provocation, low ambiguity provocation, or a no provocation control. There was a significant interaction between prime content and provocation ambiguity. Specifically, alcohol priming only augmented aggression when paired with a highly ambiguous provocation. Implications for the reduction of aggression and directions for future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pedersen, William C.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Psychology
Publication Number: 1490383
ISBN: 978-1-124-54853-1
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