Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences


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Geneticist Dmitri Belyaev's experiments with selective breeding has shown that aggression is _____.

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1. Psychologist John Dollard hypothesized that _____ can result in aggression when a desired goal isn't attained.

2. The concept of social learning suggests that aggression can be learned from all of the following EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will assess your understanding of the origins of aggression and different perspectives on aggression within different cultures. You will need to understand concepts like where aggression comes from and how it manifests itself in the behavior of human beings.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to see how well you can:

  • Explain what Dmitri Belyaev's aggression experiment with foxes demonstrated
  • Understand the hypothesis of John Dollard
  • Recognize how aggression can be learned
  • Explain how aggression can be associated with self-esteem

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on aggression and its differences across cultures
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about experimental hypotheses on aggression in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding aggression and its link to self-esteem

Additional Learning

To learn more about the origins of this behavior, review the accompanying lesson titled Aggression. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define aggression
  • Understand the biological implications of frustration as precursors to aggressive behavior
  • Identify John Dollard
  • Associate self-esteem with social learning factors
  • Recognize cultural and gender differences with regard to aggression