Heat and Violence

  title={Heat and Violence},
  author={Craig A. Anderson},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={33 - 38}
  • C. Anderson
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
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… Expand

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