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Aggression: Is Violence Learned?

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Catalogue Number:  394625
Producer:  Films Media Group
Subject:  Psychology, Science, Violence
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2013
Running Time:  22:59
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Do children who watch violent TV shows become violent themselves, or is anyone from any background capable of murder? This program explores two theories of extreme aggression: that it is learned from media and other elements of one’s social environment, and that it can be induced by the command of authority figures. Research into violence is illustrated using Milgram’s conformity experiments, Hannah Arendt’s ideas about “the banality of evil” in Nazi concentration camps, the Columbine shootings, and the tragic case of James Bulger, a toddler who was murdered in 1993 by two 10-year-olds from abusive households.


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