Attempted to reconcile previous results on the relationship of erotic stimuli and aggression. 81 male undergraduates were either insulted or not insulted prior or subsequent to observing erotic stimuli of varying levels of arousal inducements. It was found, in support of prior research, that mildly erotic stimuli had an inhibiting effect on aggression when viewed subsequent to anger arousal, whereas highly erotic stimuli tended to maintain aggression at a level similar to nonerotic exposure. Prior viewing of erotic stimuli, however, had a facilitative effect on aggressive behavior. It is proposed that erotic stimuli have 2 components (arousal and attentional shift) that interact with anger arousal to either inhibit or facilitate aggressive behavior. Implications of this 2-component system for future research on erotic and aggressive stimuli are considered. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
- attentional shift system
- overhearing insulting remarks about self prior or subsequent to observation of erotic stimuli, aggression facilitation or inhibition, male college students, implications for arousal &
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- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science