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Anyone got any ideas as to how i could carry out a psychological experiment to measure childrens aggression? Was thinking of looking at how the media effects aggression in children!!
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have you thought about adapting the bobo-doll study? kids watch a film of other kids beating up a bobo-doll and either get awarded or punished, then they are put in a room with bobo-doll, and u see what they do to the bobo depending on whether they watched the reward or punishment. just an idea.
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The bobo doll is definately a classic aggression study but you have to be careful. You need to carry out extra careful ethics if you are going to study children, especially if you might be affecting their aggressiveness. Youll have to ask the parents and maybe get permission off of a school so that you are doubly backed up. It may be easier to observe children in the play ground or something as this is ethically easier to do. You can observe people if they are aware that they may be observed. However, you'll need to operationalise several aspects and the variables may be hard to define. The bobo doll would probably be a better idea but make sure you get the ethics sorted out. Also, if you are doing a-psychoilogy coursework, (sorry if youre not) you get extra marks by adapting and manipulating the past research of Bandura et al and the bobo doll so have a look at the study and see what you can change. Hope this helps.

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