I am a social psychologist whose primary research interest is in the study of human aggression. My work concentrates on the cognitive and behavioral effects of aggression-related cues (in particular, media violence and weapon images), as well as individual differences in aggressive cognition and behavior, and the application of meta-analytic techniques to the study of aggression. More recently, I have become interested in examining the role of both short-term and long-term exposure to mass media on the cultivation of social attitudes toward violence (such as the practice of torture). I have secondary interest in research on authoritarianism. Much of my research intersects with other disciplines such as Media Communication.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Communication, Language
- Interpersonal Processes
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Political Psychology
- Social Cognition
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- Anderson, C. A., & Benjamin, A. J., Jr., & Bartholow, B. D. (1998). Does the gun pull the trigger? Automatic priming effects of weapon pictures and weapon names. Psychological Science, 9, 308-314.
- Anderson, C. A., Benjamin, A. J., Jr., Wood, P. K., & Bonacci, A. M. (2006). Development and testing of the Velicer attitudes toward violence scale: Evidence for a four-factor model. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 122-136.
- Bartholow, B. D., Anderson, C. A., Carnagey, N. L., & Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (2005). Interactive effects of life experience and situational cues on aggression: The weapons priming effect in hunters and nonhunters. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 48-60.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (2016). Right-wing authoritarianism and attitudes toward torture. Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, 44, 881-888.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (2015). Measuring right-wing authoritarianism and ideology. National Social Science Journal, 44(1), 5-7.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (2014). Chasing the elusive left-wing authoritarian: An examination of Altemeyer’s Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Left-Wing Authoritarianism scales. National Social Science Journal, 43(1), 7-13.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (2008). The general aggression model as a framework for understanding torture and genocide. National Social Science Journal, 31(1), 1-8.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (2006). The relationship between right-wing authoritarianism and attitudes toward violence: Further validation of the Attitudes Toward Violence Scale. Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, 34, 923-926.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (1999). The influence of locus of control and aggressiveness of rock music videos on aggression: A reanalysis and methodological critique of Wann and Wilson (1996). Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 14, 491-498.
- Benjamin, A.J., Jr., & Bushman, B. J. (2018). The weapons effect. Current Opinion in Psychology, 19, 93-97.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. & Bushman, B. J. (2016). The weapons priming effect. Current Opinion in Psychology, 12, 45-48.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr., & Oelke, S. E. (2016). Framing effects on attitudes toward torture. Kommunikáció, Média, Gazdaság, 13 (1), 229-241.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr., Riggio, R. E., & Mayes, B. T. (1996). Reliability and factor structure of Budner’s tolerance for ambiguity scale. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 11, 625-632.
- Bettencourt, B. A., Talley, A., Benjamin, A. J., Jr., & Valentine, J. (2006). Personality and aggressive behavior under provoking and neutral conditions: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 751-777.
- Anderson, C. A., Flanagan, M., Carnagey, N. L., Benjamin, A. J., Jr., Eubanks, J., & Valentine, J. C. (2004). Violent video games: Specific effects of violent content on aggressive thoughts and behavior. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 36, 199-249.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (in press). Type A/B personalities. In B. J. Carducci (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Benjamin, A. J., Jr. (2016). Aggression. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 33-39). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
- Conditioning and Learning
- Experimental Psychology
- General Psychology
- Human Aggression
- Introduction to Behavioral Statistics
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Social Psychology
Arlin James Benjamin, Jr.
Department of Behavioral Sciences
University of Arkansas--Fort Smith
5210 Grand Avenue, P.O. Box 3649
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
- Phone: (479) 788-7573
- Fax: (479) 424-6573