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Driver aggression as a function of status concurrence : an analysis of horn-honking responses (research report).
20131639 ST [electronic version only]
Jann, B.
Bern, University of Bern, Institute of Sociology, 2002, 15 p., 11 ref.

Samenvatting Various field experiments were conducted to examine the influence of social status on aggression in road traffic. Horn-honking response times of subjects blocked by an experimental car at traffic lights were considered to be an indicator of the degree of aggression. During an initial experiment, the status of the frustrator was varied and an inverse relation was observed between status and aggression towards the frustrator. On the other hand, in a more recent experiment higher status aggressors were found to behave more aggressively. In our study we combined the two designs, i.e., we varied the status of the frustrator and at the same time measured the status of the aggressor. Neither results of the former experiments could be replicated, but we observed a reduction in aggression when frustrator and aggressor were of similar social status. (Author/publisher)
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