Latest Aggression Stories

Harsh Verbal Discipline Harmful To Children
2013-09-04 14:00:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While many parents would never think of physically disciplining their child due to evidence indicating that it has a negative effect on their psychological well-being, they may resort to verbal discipline such as shouting, cursing or using insulting language. However, these types of verbal discipline could be just as damaging, according to a new study from psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education and the...

Violent Video Games Do Not Lead To Violent Lifestyle
2013-08-26 13:12:23

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study found that teens who play violent video games are not likely to become more violent or partake in anti-social behavior. The study, which was led by Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University and independent researcher Cheryl Olson, found that games such as Grand Theft Auto and Halo do not trigger teenagers with symptoms of depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD) to become more aggressive. The researchers found...

Effects Of Bullying Last Into Adulthood
2013-08-19 11:27:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study found that adults who were bullied as a child were more likely to face serious illness, struggle to hold down a regular job and have poor social relationships. The results highlight the effects that childhood bullying has on individuals throughout their lives. The researchers also looked into a variety of factors that go beyond health-related outcomes. "We cannot continue to dismiss bullying as a harmless, almost inevitable,...

Soda Might Lead to Aggressive Behavior in Children
2013-08-16 12:12:00

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much to NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s chagrin, soft drinks are a very popular beverage in the United States, enjoyed by men, women and children of every age. According to a study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and others, Americans buy more soda per capita than any other country. The same study also goes on to warn Americans that soft drinks might be associated with behavioral problems in younger...

Anthropologists Study Testosterone Spikes In Non-competitive Activities
2013-08-14 08:22:36

University of California - Santa Barbara The everyday physical activities of an isolated group of forager-farmers in central Bolivia are providing valuable information about how industrialization and its associated modern amenities may impact health and wellness. Studying short-term spikes in the testosterone levels of Tsimane men, UC Santa Barbara anthropologists Ben Trumble and Michael Gurven have found that the act of chopping down trees –– a physically demanding task that is...

2013-08-12 09:54:23

Children who overestimate their popularity are less likely to be bullies than those who underestimate or hold more accurate assessments of their social standing, finds new research to be presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. "The more kids overestimated their popularity, the less aggression they displayed," said Jennifer Watling Neal, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. "This means that kids who were more accurate in...

2013-08-05 08:04:09

A person playing a first-person shooter video game like Halo or Unreal Tournament must make decisions quickly. That fast-paced decision-making, it turns out, boosts the player's visual skills but comes at a cost, according to new research: reducing the person's ability to inhibit impulsive behavior. This reduction in what is called "proactive executive control" appears to be yet another way that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior. "We believe that any game that requires...

Bullied Kids May Become Career Criminals
2013-08-02 07:36:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Individuals who suffered repeated bullying throughout their childhood and adolescence are significantly more likely to go to prison than people who did not, according to a new study presented at the American Psychological Association's (APA) 121st Annual Convention on August 1 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The study, conducted by Michael G. Turner, PhD, of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina,...

The Psychology Behind Intervening In Bar Fights
2013-07-24 09:59:16

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the Wild West tales of old, cowboys and miners would routinely get into raucous bar brawls that often grew from the two original aggressors to include the entire saloon. Researchers from Penn State and the University of Ontario now say they understand bar fights and how they're able to swallow up more fighters as the scuffle continues. According to their research, bystanders are more likely to jump in to intervene when they believe...

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