Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 121-130

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Intellectual ability and aggressive behavior in nonclinical-nonforensic males

  • Peter R. GiancolaAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Georgia
  • , Amos ZeichnerAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Georgia

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The purpose of this study was to test the relationship between IQ and physical aggression in a nonclinical-nonforensic male sample in a laboratory setting. Thirty males completed an abbreviated version of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—Revised. Aggression was measured using a modified version of the Taylor reaction-time (RT) aggression paradigm in which subjects competed on a RT task and both received and delivered shocks to a fictitious opponent in provoking and nonprovoking conditions. Provocation conditions (High and Low) were defined by the intensity of shocks the subjects received. Results demonstrated strong inverse correlations between IQ and aggressive behavior under both High and Low Provocation conditions.

Key words

IQ aggression provocation Taylor paradigm