A hot new way to measure aggression: Hot sauce allocation
Article first published online: 1 SEP 1999
Copyright © 1999 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 25, Issue 5, pages 331–348, 1999
How to Cite
Lieberman, J. D., Solomon, S., Greenberg, J. and McGregor, H. A. (1999), A hot new way to measure aggression: Hot sauce allocation. Aggr. Behav., 25: 331–348. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-2337(1999)25:5<331::AID-AB2>3.0.CO;2-1
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 1999
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 1999
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 SEP 1998
- Manuscript Received: 28 JUN 1998
- displaced aggression;
- terror management theory;
- cognitive-experiential self-theory
Laboratory experiments investigating aggressive behavior have operationalized and assessed aggression in a variety of ways; however, these measures are often problematic because they do not create a situation in which participants perceive potential for real harm to come to the target, there is a risk of actual harm to the target, or they are too familiar to participants. To overcome these limitations, we developed a new method for measuring aggression, specifically, the amount of hot sauce administered to a target known to dislike spicy foods. We summarize a series of experiments assessing theory-based hypotheses regarding aggression in which this measure is employed. We then briefly consider the strengths and limitations of this new measure. Aggr. Behav. 25:331–348, 1999. © 1999 Wiley-Liss, Inc.