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Running Head: Assignment 08 1 Nicole Davis AC1703436 S06 Social Psychology Assignment 08 07/31/2017 Part A : Aggressive Behavior and Cultural Influences Part B : Social Identity Part C : Prejudice Nicole Davis Ashworth College Part A Objective: Describe the ways culture influences aggressive behavior.
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Assignment 08 2 Most social psychologists believe that we are all born with the capacity for aggressive behavior, but that it is an optional strategy, and how, whether, when and where we express it is “learned and depends on our circumstances and culture” (Aronson, Wilson, Akert, Sommers, 2016, 378). Likewise, we seem to have an inborn tendency to respond to certain provocative stimuli by striking out against the perpetrator, but whether we actually do so depends on a “complex interplay between these innate tendencies, a variety of learned inhibitory responses, and the precise nature of the social situation” (Aronson, et. al, 2016, 379). For example, you may be very angry that a person stops you from exiting a store when the alarm goes off, but it is likely that you will control your temper, and your behavior. Three major lines of evidence support the view that human beings are not similarly programmed to protect their territory and behave aggressively in response to specific stimuli as animals: studies of cultures across time, studies across cultures and experiments (Aronson, et. al, 2016, 379). Within a given culture, changing social conditions frequently lead to significant changes in aggressive behavior and it works in the other direction, too (Aronson, et. al, 2016, 379). Consider the Iroquois nation who were a peaceable hunting nation who, over time with the increase of Europeans and trading in vicious competition with other neighboring tribes, quickly developed into fierce warriors. “It
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