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Pedersen, W.C., Vasquez, E.A., Bartholow, B.D., Grosvenor, M., & Truong, A. (2014). Are you insulting me?  Exposure to alcohol primes increases aggression following ambiguous provocation. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1-13.  DOI:  Not available as of May 27, 2014

Summary: This article examines whether the mere presence of alcohol may affect levels of aggression. The results reveal that simply priming participants with alcohol-related words might contribute to alcohol-related behaviors.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Describe the concept of priming and how priming might affect subsequent behavior.
  2. The authors discuss several limitations to their study.  How would you replicate the study to increase reliability?
  3. This study provides evidence of the antecedents to aggression. Based on the evidence provided, how might we lessen aggressive behaviors?