Explanation of Media Influences on Anti-Social Behaviour: Essay

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*explanation of media influences on Anti-social behaviour: - Anti-social behavior can be explained by lowered physiological arousal: Huesman an Moise believe that boys who are heavy television watcher show lower physiological arousal. The arousal stimulated by viewing violence is unpleasant at first, but children who watch a lot of violent television become used to it. Desensitisation will occur,which means that their emotional and physiological responses decline. As a result, they do not react in the same way to violent behaviour, and so are less inhibited in using it. Zilman argues that the arousal produced by watching is transferred to real life situations which involves conflict. So if an individual who has watched violence is provoked by someone else, their already high level of arousal may lead to an aggressive response to be produced. Huesman used the idea of desensitisation to explain why some watchers of violence may act aggressively. When faced with a violent act, non-watchers experience a strong stress response,but regular watchers may be able to act aggressively as they have lost the nature reactions that may deter them from carrying out such behaviours. Cumberbatch argues that people might get "used" to screen violence but that does not mean a person will also get used to violence in real world. He claims that screen violence is more likely to make children " frightened" than " frightening". Explanations based on arousal are deterministic, as they ignored that people have self-control and moral which can prevent them from acting aggressively. -Cognitive priming refers to the idea that watching violence leads people to store memories or scripts of violent acts. These scripts are then retrieved and activated in real-life situations that are similar to what we watch on TV. Brain Scanning have supported the idea that scripts are stored in
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