Accession Number : AD0640704

Title :   OBSERVER-MODEL SIMILARITY IN THE CONTAGION OF AGGRESSION,

Corporate Author : NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s) : Wheeler,Ladd ; Levine,Lewis

Report Date : 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Each subject engaged in a 'discussion' with two tape recorded confederates. The 1st confederate expressed opinions designed to anger the subject; the 2nd confederate (the model) then aggressed against the 1st confederate. Prior to the 'discussion,' the subject had been made to feel very similar in background to the model or very dissimilar. Results: subjects who observed a dissimilar model aggressed more toward the instigating confederate than did subjects who were paired with a similar model. Attitude toward the dissimilar model changed radically as a result of the 'discussion.'

Descriptors :   (*BEHAVIOR, GROUP DYNAMICS), MOTIVATION, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE