The effects of experience on agonistic responding: an expectancy theory interpretation

Alan I. Leshner, Bruce L. Nock

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Abstract

Some findings are presented which raise questions about the adequacy of traditional reinforcement interpretations of the effects of victory and defeat on future agonistic responsiveness. In this study, experiencing complete victory (reinforcement) did not alter future aggressiveness, whereas experiencing incomplete victory (minimal or nonreinforcement) led to increases in future aggressiveness. Experiential effects on agonistic responding are reinterpreted according to an extension of Expectancy Theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-566
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioral Biology
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1976
Externally publishedYes

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