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Aggression by Jose da Silveira, Malcolm Lader, Alyson Bond

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CHAPTER THREE

Methods: General approaches and experimental techniques

In this chapter we first set out general methods of measuring aggression and then the experimental approach that we adopted, namely a provocation technique with psychophysiological monitoring. In the second part, we detail the specific experimental measures that we used in the four studies comprising Chapters 4 to 7.

Psychology has been defined as a science in which the main aim is "understanding and explaining the lawfulness of individual functioning in real life" (cf. Magnusson, 1988). There is little dispute that the environment influences the likelihood of certain behaviour in specific situations and that genetic endowments set limits on these potential behaviours. Furthermore, ...

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