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Are you insulting me? Exposure to alcohol primes increases aggression following ambiguous provocation

Pedersen, William C., Vasquez, Eduardo A., Bartholow, Bruce, Grosvenor, Marianne, Truong, Ana (2014) Are you insulting me? Exposure to alcohol primes increases aggression following ambiguous provocation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40 (8). pp. 1037-1049. ISSN 0146-1672. E-ISSN 1552-7433. (doi:10.1177/0146167214534993) (KAR id:44904)

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Abstract

Considerable research has shown that alcohol consumption can increase aggression and produce extremes in other social behaviors. Although most theories posit that such effects are caused by pharmacological impairment of cognitive processes, recent research indicates that exposure to alcohol-related constructs, in the absence of consumption, can produce similar effects. Here we tested the hypothesis that alcohol priming is most likely to affect aggression in the context of ambiguous provocation. Experiment 1 showed that exposure to alcohol primes increased aggressive retaliation but only when an initial provocation was ambiguous; unambiguous provocation elicited highly aggressive responses regardless of prime exposure. Experiment 2 showed that alcohol prime exposure effects are relatively short-lived and that perceptions of the provocateur’s hostility mediated effects of prime exposure on aggression. These findings suggest modification and extension of existing models of alcohol-induced aggression

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0146167214534993
Uncontrolled keywords: alcohol, priming, aggression, provocation, Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Eduardo Vasquez
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 17:11 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 15:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44904 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Vasquez, Eduardo A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7634-2689
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