Alcohol-related image priming and aggression in adolescents aged 11–14
Alcohol, Aggression, Adolescents, Priming
In adults, alcohol-related stimuli prime aggressive responding without ingestion or belief of ingestion. This represents either experiential or socially-and culturally-mediated learning. Using a laboratory-based competitive aggression paradigm, we replicated adult findings in 103 11–14 year old adolescents below the legal UK drinking age. Using a two-independent group design, priming with alcohol-related imagery led participants to deliver louder noise punishments in a competition task than priming with beverage-related images. This effect was stronger in participants scoring low on an internalization measure. Priming effects in relatively alcohol-naïve participants could constitute evidence of socio-cultural transmission of scripts linking alcohol use and aggression. The enhanced effect in lower internalization scorers suggests that alcohol priming might undermine behavioral inhibition processes in otherwise stable adolescents.
Original Publication Citation
Brown, S L., Coyne, S. M., *Barlow, A., & Qualter, P. (2010). Alcohol-related image priming and aggression in adolescents aged 11-14. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 791-794.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Brown, Stephen L.; Coyne, Sarah; Barlow, Alexandra; and Qualter, Pamela, "Alcohol-related image priming and aggression in adolescents aged 11–14" (2010). Faculty Publications. 2371.
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