Friday, March 1, 2013

The Weapons Effect - A Primer

Since I probably won't have time to post a detailed summary of the research on the weapons effect, I thought I would share a video of a talk I gave last year, reporting some preliminary findings from a meta-analysis that I am working on. The short version of a long story is that weapons do seem to prime aggressive behavior, significantly augmenting provocation effects. Weapons also appear to prime aggressive cognitions, as several theories (such as Berkowitz's Cognitive Neoassociationistic Model and Anderson & Bushman's General Aggression Model) would predict.

So, here is the video:

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