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The effects of alcohol and the salience of aggressive cues on triggered displaced aggression

Denson, Thomas F., Aviles, Fredy E., Pollock, Vicki E., Earleywine, Mitch, Vasquez, Eduardo A., Miller, Norman (2008) The effects of alcohol and the salience of aggressive cues on triggered displaced aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 34 (1). pp. 25-33. ISSN 0096-140X. (doi:10.1002/ab.20177) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:35023)

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Abstract

Alcohol increases the aggression-augmenting effects of provocation. Theories of alcohol and aggression suggest that impaired cognitive processing induced by acute intoxication leads individuals to process aggression-inducing social cues differently depending on whether they are high or low in salience. We examined the effects of intoxication and aggressive cue salience within the triggered displaced aggression paradigm. An ethnically diverse sample of 74 primarily young adult participants (40 men and 34 women; M=23.28, SD=3.14 years) were recruited from the university community and surrounding area. All participants were provoked by an experimenter, randomly assigned to a 2 (alcohol condition: alcohol vs. placebo) × 2 (trigger salience: high vs. low salience) between-subjects design, and then given the opportunity to aggress against the undeserving triggering agent. As expected, intoxication combined with a salient triggering cue elicited the most displaced aggression among all conditions. These results provide the first evidence that the effect of alcohol on triggered displaced aggression is moderated by the salience of the triggering event.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ab.20177
Uncontrolled keywords: alcohol intoxication;aggression;triggered displaced aggression;aggressive cues
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Eduardo Vasquez
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 15:55 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35023 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Vasquez, Eduardo A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7634-2689
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