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Assignment Questions

Does Violence in the Media Promote Aggressive Behavior?

Violence in the media promotes aggressive behavior.

Based on this hypothesis, please answer the following questions:

· How would you go about testing this hypothesis?

· How would you determine that individuals acted in an aggressive manner after exposure to media violence? In other words, what is your operational definition of aggressive behavior? What is your operational definition of media violence?

· What other things would you need to consider in order to make sure that exposure to media violence was the cause of aggressive behavior and not some other factor? In other words, what variables would have to be controlled?

· Relate your example to the scientific method.

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