Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Assessing Aggression: A Physical Approach


Jeroen van Oorschot




While aggression has been studied by many disciplines and in many contexts, the bulk of the research tends to rely on self-report methods. There are multiple problems associated with these methods when applied to contexts where social desirability can introduce a bias. We propose a new, physical research method for aggression research, by measuring how people punch a device under different stimuli. The technical development of the instrument is detailed and the method is tested in a case study on gender aggression. Various considerations and reflections on implementing the method are provided.

Full Reference

Jeroen van Oorschot, "Assessing Aggression: A Physical Approach", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2016