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Heat and Violence

TitleHeat and Violence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsAnderson, C. A.
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
ISBN Number09637214

The heat hypothesis states that hot temperatures can increase aggressive motives and behaviors. Although alternative explanations occasionally account for some portion of the observed increases in aggression when temperatures are high, none are sufficient to account for most such heat effects. Hot temperatures increase aggression by directly increasing feelings of hostility and indirectly increasing aggressive thoughts. Results show that global warming trends may well increase violent-crime rates. Better climate controls in many institutional settings (e.g., prisons, schools, the workplace) may reduce aggression-related problems in those settings.

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Short TitleHeat and Violence
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