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Define aggression
Physical and/or verbal behavior intended to hurt someone (or self and others)
Name two types of aggression
1. Hostile aggression
2. Instrumental aggression
Name six theories of aggression
1. Aggression is instinctual
2. Evolutionary perspective
3. Neural influences
4. Genetic influences
5. Biochemical influences
6. Frustration-aggression theory
List aspects of the "aggression is instinctual" theory
-It is innate, unlearned and demonstrated by each member of a species

-Pros are that everyone demonstrates an aggressive nature at some point
-Cons are that it cannot account for individual differences, and does not take into account environmental cues
List aspects of the 'evolutionary perspective'
Aggression can be adaptive as it promotes the survival of the fittest
Explain the 'neural influences' theory of aggression
Specific areas of the brain can influence aggression
-amygdala stimulated=aggression
-a less active prefrontal cortex
Explain the 'genetic influences' theory of aggression
It is thought that some people are born more aggressive than others
Some animals are born more aggressive
Explain the 'biochemical influences' theory.
The impact of alcohol
-higher levels of testerone
-low levels of serotonin
Explain the 'frustration-aggression' theory
Frustration leads to aggression
Define frustration
Being blocked from achieving a goal