Brown, Stephen L.; Coyne, Sarah M.; Barlow, Alexandra and Qualter, Pamela (2010) Alcohol-related image priming and aggression in adolescents aged 11-14. Addictive Behaviors, 35 (8). pp. 791-794. ISSN 0306-4603
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In adults, alcohol-related stimuli prime aggressive responding without ingestion or belief of ingestion. This represents either experiential or socially-and culturally-mediated learning. Using a laboratory-based competitive aggression paradigm, we replicated adult findings in 103 11-14 year old adolescents below the legal UK drinking age. Using a two independent groups design, priming with alcohol-related imagery led participants to deliver louder noise punishments in a competition task than priming with beverage-related images. This effect was stronger in participants scoring low on an internalization measure. Priming effects in relatively alcohol naïve participants could constitute evidence of socio-cultural transmission of scripts linking alcohol use and aggression. The enhanced effect in lower internalization scorers suggests that alcohol priming might undermine behavioral inhibition processes in otherwise stable adolescents.
|Additional Information:||Available online 27 March 2010. Issue date: August 2010.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Alcohol; Aggression; adolescents; priming|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RK Dentistry|
|Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:||Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Sciences|
|Deposited On:||15 Mar 2010 12:44|
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