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Handgun purchasers with a previous DUI conviction are more likely to be violent and commit crimes than handgun purchasers without a DUI record

New research suggests that handgun purchasers with a previous DUI conviction are more likely to commit violence crimes than handgun purchasers without a DUI record. Researchers identified every individual between 21 and 49 years old who legally purchased a handgun in California in 2001; researchers then identified any violent crime…

Does alcohol consumption contribute to aggression? Why are some people more violent when they drink?

Some people become more aggressive or violent when they drink alcohol; they pick fights with others, shout, and say inappropriate things. The reason certain individuals display this aggressive behavior after alcohol consumption is that alcohol lowers inhibitions and relaxes. When we drink excessively, these inhibitions decrease and our tendencies to…

Is aggression characteristic of a mental illness? Agitated depression can make you feel depressed and act aggressively

Sometimes, symptoms of depression are accompanied by signs of aggression, which can signify agitated depression. Agitated depression isn’t a distinct depression type, but rather a clearer explanation for cases of depression that also include acts of aggression. Symptoms include your normal depression symptoms, like depressed mood and lack of interest…

Aggression is inborn, but worsened or improved by one’s environment (Updated)

We have long disagreed over whether aggressive behavior is inborn or learned—which has led to many research efforts, including the Bobo doll experiment. This study concluded that children become aggressive through observational learning; that is, through watching someone else conduct the same behavior. However, other studies disagree—or at least note…

Do violent video games really cause aggressive behavior? Despite popular belief, research says gaming does not influence behavior change

The common belief is that video games cause aggression in real life—but research shows this isn’t the case. Cultivation theory summarizes this belief; however, a University of York study shows that violent video games doesn’t influence players to behave any certain way. That said, of course gaming can still have…

Parenting Teens: Fathers more likely to lead with anger, should practice patience instead (Video)

Fathers often lose control of their anger and use cruel measures of discipline on their teens. They can benefit from leading with patience and understanding, instead. A Rochester study observed that when conflict arose, fathers often lashed out in anger at their kids. They assumed their teen was being intentionally…