College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in General Psychology (MAGP)
Dr. Juliana Leding
Dr. Michael Toglia
Dr. Barbara A. Hetrick
Behavioral temptation to aggress and participant blog responses following a group word unscrambling game were examined in situations of anonymity and positive or negative social modeling. Anonymous participants were more aggressive than non-anonymous participants. Also, social modeling seemed to moderate the effect of anonymity on behavioral temptation to aggress as well as verbal aggression via blog posts. Specifically, anonymous participants responded more aggressively when they viewed aggressive models following failure in a team word unscrambling game. These findings suggest that although anonymity may increase the likelihood that individuals will aggress, social modeling may influence aggressive outcomes.
Zimmerman, Adam G., "Online Aggression : The Influences of Anonymity and Social Modeling" (2012). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 403.