Causal Models of Aggression

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  • Media effects research models that are used as tools in inquiring into any theory that suggests that there is causation between violence in the media and aggressive behavior. Since the mid-1950s, media theorists have tried to find a causal link, but as in all causal models, correlation does not denote causality. Social scientists generally agree that causation cannot be proved but can be inferred and that the better the model employed, the more comfortably the inference can be made. Early social science theories generally stayed away from causal terminology. It was not until the 1960s that these direct cause and effect models were replaced with multivariate causation. Researchers who doubt or deny the extent of the media's effects on aggression typically point out the flaws ...

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