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Alcohol-related image priming and aggression in adolescents aged 11-14

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.

Item Type:Article
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
ID Code:1236
Deposited On:15 Mar 2010 12:44
Last Modified:31 Jan 2012 16:47

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