Effects of mood and cognition on the social information-processing mechanisms underlying aggression

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Daniel Joseph Fisher (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Len Lecci

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of executive functions and anger activation on the social information-processing mechanisms related to aggressive behavior. The social information-processing stages examined were attribution, goal selection, and response evaluation. Participants were randomly assigned to either an anger or neutral mood induction and listened to three different scenario types: accidental, ambiguous and hostile. Hypotheses were: 1) the anger group when compared to the neutral would demonstrate more hostile aggressive responding in interpretation attribution, goal evaluation, and response evaluation in the ambiguous and hostile conditions, 2) executive functioning would moderate the relationship between anger and hostile-aggressive responding. Results are discussed in terms of integrating affect and executive function into models of social information processing.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Affective disorders, Interpersonal relations, Violence
Interpersonal relations
Affective disorders

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