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Course Title: Psychology of Aggression– An Introduction


Code: BBNPS21500

Type of course (lecture/seminar) and hours per week/semester: 2

Method of assessment (exam/practical grade): practical grade (average grade of 3 mini-essays and a presentation)

Suggested semester: spring

Prerequisites (if any): none

Course description: In this seminar students will learn the basic phenomena and theories in connection with human aggression in a complex and integrative way. The scientific fields of Psychology, Ethology, Cultural Anthropology and Psychiatry as well as Fine Arts will be involved.

The following topics will be discussed throughout the semester:

Introduction: What Aggression really is?

Evolutionary and Cultural Aspects of Human Aggression

Psychological Models of Aggression

Aggression and Socialization

School aggression 1. (Bullying, Harassment, Violence what’s the difference?)

School Aggression 2. (How to measure bullying and victimization? What can we do about it?)

Aggression and Psychopathology 1. (Suicide)

Aggression and Psychopathology 2. (Personality Disorders, Substance Use Disorders)

How to Measure Aggression?

Required and recommended reading:

Alikasifoglu, M., Erginoz, E., Ercan, O., Uysal, O., Albayrak-Kaymak, D. (2007). Bullying behaviours and psychosocial health: results from a cross-sectional survey among high school students in Istanbul, Turkey. Eur. J. Pediatr. 166: 1253-1260.

Anderson, C.A., Bushman, B.J. (2002). Human Aggression. Annu. Rev. Psychol. 53:27-51.

Blair, R.J.R. (2001). Neurocognitive models of aggression, the antisocial personality disorders, and psychopathy. Advances in Neuropsychiatry. 71:727-731.

Engelhardt, C.R., Bartholow, B.D., Kerr, G.T., Bushman, B.J. (2011). This is your brain on violent video games: Neural desensitization to violence predicts increased aggression following violent video game exposure. J. of Experimental Social Psychology. 47, pp. 1033-1036.

Ferguson, C.J., San Miguel, C., Graza, A., Jerabeck, J.M. (2012). A longitudinal test of video game violence influences on dating aggression: A 3-year longitudinal study of adolescents. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 46: 141-146.

Gao, Y., Raine, A. (2010). Successful and Unsuccessful Psychopaths: A Neurobiological Model. Behavioral Science and the Law. 28: 194-201.

Gerevich J, Bácskai E, Czobor P. (2007). The generalizability of the Buss–Perry Aggression Questionnaire. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 16(3):124-36.

Hogg, M.A., Cooper, J. (2003). The Sage Handbook of Social Psychology. Chapter 14: Human Aggression – A Social-Cognitive View. Sage Publication Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA, USA. pp. 296-323.

Kovess-Masfety, V., Boyd, A., Haro, J.M., Bruffaerts, J.M., Villagut, G., Lépine, J.P., Gasquet, I., Alonso, J. and the ESEMeD/MHEDEA investigators (2011). High and low suicidality in Europe: A fine-grained comparison of France and Spain within the ESEMeD surveys. Journal of Affective Disorders. 133:247-256.

Liu, J. (2011). Early health risk factors for violence: Conceptualization, evidence, and implications. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 16, pp. 63-73.

Solberg ME, Olweus D, Endresen IM. (2007). Bullies and victims at school: Are they the same pupils? British Journal of Educational Psychology. 77(2):441-64.

Lecturers participating in teaching: Balázs Matuszka, psychologist, Ph.D. student

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