Guns and testostérone

Essay by joe7995College, UndergraduateB+, October 2014

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Klinesmith, Kasser, McAndrew (2006) researched the effect of Guns, testosterone levels, and aggression. They challenged their theory that tactile gun interaction increases testosterone levels and aggressive tendencies. 30 male college students with ages that ranged from 18-22 participated. Participants were told the focus of the experiment was to measure taste sensitivity in males. Subjects were asked not to eat, smoke, drink, or brush their teeth for a one hour period before the experiment took place. Next participants were asked to provide a saliva sample by spitting into a cup. Subjects were introduced to a room containing a television, a chair, and a table with an object and some paper on it. For the experimental group, the object was a pellet gun that was identical to a Desert Eagle automatic handgun. For the control group, instead of the pellet gun, the subjects received the children's game Mouse Trap. Both groups spent 15 minutes handling the object. They were also given a piece of paper to write a set of instructions about how to assemble and disassemble their objects and label their parts. After 15 minutes, subjects were instructed to provide a 2nd saliva sample. The subject was then tricked into thinking the next part of the experiment had to do with the taste-sensitivity portion of the study. The Participant was asked to taste a sample of hot sauce and water then prepare a sample of water and hot sauce for another fellow subject. The experimenter leaves the room and tells the subject to add as much hot sauce as he would like. The experimenter returns to the room to retrieve the mixture to weight the amount of hot sauce that was added. Before the subjects were released they were shown relaxing videos then debriefed about the experiments...