Anderson, C.A., & Anderson, K.B. (1998). 

Temperature and aggression: Paradox, controversy, and a (Fairly) clear picture. 

Chapter in R. Geen & E. Donnerstein (Eds.) Human aggression: Theories, research and implications for policy. (pp. 247-298). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.


This chapter addresses theoretical, empirical, and practical issues surrounding the temperature-aggression hypothesis. First, we present a brief history of the temperature-aggression hypothesis. Second, we describe and resolve a paradox involving violence and lethargy. Third, we outline the major issues and theories surrounding heat effects, and provide an integrated model of aggression. Fourth, we discuss several epistemological issues concerning empirical tests of various theories. Fifth, we review modern empirical studies, and present new results that bear on issues of current concern. Finally, we more specifically compare the empirical data base to the major theories, noting convergences and contradictions, and pointing out fruitful lines of inquiry for future research.

© 1996 by Craig A. Anderson. 

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