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ERIC Number: ED098462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 22
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Some Conditions When Perceived Threats Do and Do Not Provoke Violent Responses.
Milburn, Thomas W.
This report discusses threats as they serve as stressors in social situations. Extreme threats and other stressors can accumulate to produce behavior changes: perceived shortened time span, diminished search for alternatives, decreased planning, increased concreteness of thought, simplification of thought process, and diminished attention to events outside the area most threatened. Threats which lack credibility are unlikely to influence behavior except to invoke some hostility. Threats work most effectively when the threatened party believes them. Bigger threats inhibit actions more effectively than smaller ones, but threats merely sufficient to do their jobs may produce the largest change of values and attitudes. Ambiguous threats may appear as noncontingent ones to their targets, in which case they are provocative. This analysis does not make many assumptions about the targets of threats, for the idea of contingency, especially as perceived by the threat target, seems adequate to explain most of the effects discussed. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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