Facilitating effects of erotica on aggression against women

Edward I Donnerstein, John Hallam

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To examine the effects of highly erotic stimuli on aggression against females, 60 male undergraduates were angered by a male or female confederate and exposed to an erotic film, an aggressive film, or a nonfilm condition. Ss were given 2 opportunities to aggress against the confederate. Both the aggressive and the erotic films increased aggression against both targets during the 1st and 2nd aggression opportunities; however, the erotic film facilitated aggression against the female target across the 2 aggression sessions. The processes operating to cause this increase are discussed in terms of reducing restraints against aggressive behavior and the specific cue value of erotic films. (33 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1270-1277
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1978


  • exposure to erotic vs aggressive film, aggression against female confederate, male college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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