The effect of alcohol on male aggression toward female targets

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This study attempted to determine the effects of alcohol, verbal provocation, and target strategy on male aggression toward female targets. Intoxicated and nonintoxicated male research participants competed with a female confederate in a reaction time task designed to measure aggression. Intoxicated participants responded more aggressively than did nonintoxicated participants. Verbal provocation had no effect on participants' aggressive response. Effects of target strategy and trial outcome lent support to a cognitive disorganization interpretation of the effect of alcohol on aggression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-344
Number of pages12
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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