Ethological, evolutionary and social psychological explanations for human aggression


A Level


5m 50s
There are several explanations for aggression and in this podcast we will discuss the ethological (the scientific study of animal behaviour) explanation, including reference to innate releasing mechanisms and fixed action patterns, evolutionary explanations, as well as the frustration-aggression hypothesis, social learning theory and the de-individuation explanation’


Jean Marc Lawton


Ethological, evolutionary & social psychological explanations for human aggression – task

  • Listen to the following podcast in pairs


  • One of each pair should compose two questions that they would ask the speakers about:

a] The ethological explanation of aggression

b] The evolutionary theory of aggression

c] The frustration-aggression hypothesis of aggression

d] The social learning theory of aggression

e] The deindividuation theory of aggression

  • Read the questions out aloud, one by one, to the other person in the pair, who should reply using information contained within the podcast


  • You can alternate composing and asking questions and giving answers if you like, so that both members of the pair get a go at both tasks

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