Social Psychology


On the afternoon of July 22, 2011, a homemade explosive planted by Anders Behring Breivik was detonated in a van in Oslo’s city centre. Within hours, Breivik had gone on a deadly shooting rampage on the nearby island of Utøya. These shocking attacks in Norway left as many as 93 dead.

Breivik made the links himself, mentioning MMO World of Warcraft and first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in his 1,516-page manifesto where he talked about using Activision’s Modern Warfare 2 as a training simulator for shooting and World of Warcraft as a blind for abnormal behaviour.

People passionate about video games are often stereotyped as cultural outliers. The argument is made that the interactive nature of video game entertainment lends itself to darker addictions or obsessions, and the more you are into these games, the more likely it is that something is wrong with you.

Question: Examine the extent to which you agree with the last paragraph of this extract by using the relevant theories and concepts on aggression.

You need to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the relevant concepts/theories with respect to this extract. In particular the last paragraph of this extract hints at a relationship between predisposition toward aggression with addiction or obsession with violent video games. To explore this relationship, you should read the relevant sections in the textbook and course materials on the psychology of aggression before you attempt your TMA.

Describe the relevant theories and concepts on aggression and consider whether they can be applied to the extract. You need to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the psychological theories. Develop an argument using the relevant theoretical and empirical evidence to support your discussion.

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