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A method to elicit aggressive feelings and behaviour via provocation.

Authors
  • Bond, A
  • Lader, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biological Psychology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1986
Volume
22
Issue
1
Pages
69–79
Identifiers
PMID: 3697459
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A technique is described which elicits hostility via provocation in a competitive reaction time task incorporating a predetermined failure rate of 50%. When the subject loses he is exposed to a white noise which increases in intensity through the experiment. When he wins he is able to administer one of 8 levels of noise to his opponent. Heart rate and skin conductance level and fluctuations were monitored throughout the experiment. Self-ratings of mood, aggression and anxiety were completed both pre and post task. It was found that the task elicited hostility which could be measured behaviourally, physiologically and emotionally.

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