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ERIC Number: ED106704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Sexual Versus Nonsexual Arousal on Behavior Aggression.
Malamuth, Neil M.; And Others
Ninety-six male undergraduate students participated in an experiment assessing behavioral aggression and addressing itself to the issue of specific versus general mediation of a hypothesized relationship between sexual arousal and aggression. Differing sources of arousal were experimentally crossed with the alteration of the aggressive cue properties of a behavior. Differential responses to different cue properties were observed in the sexual arousal conditions, but not in the other conditions. More specifically, subjects exposed to a sexually arousing film were less aggressive when the aggressive cues were made salient than when these cues were de-emphasized. On the other hand, subjects exposed to a film eliciting general excitation, as well as those exposed to a non-arousing film, evidenced no differential responsivity in relation to the aggressive cues. This pattern of data was observed in spite of the fact that the degree of "general arousal" remained constant in each of the exposure conditions. These results point to the significance of the source of arousal in terms of aggressive behavior. Alternate explanations were discussed for the finding that sexually aroused subjects to whom pain infliction was made highly salient showed reduced aggression. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 25-28, 1974)