Entries in Agressiveness (2)


Hockey Players Penalized More Depending on Jersey Color?

Hemera Technologies/, Fla.) -- Could the color of a hockey player's jersey make an athlete more likely to get called out for penalties? Researchers at the University of Florida says that's the case, if the jersey is dark.

After studying hockey statistics from the last 25 years, researchers found that when teams switched to colored jerseys at home they were penalized more than when they wore white.

The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, does not say whether players act more aggressively when they wear a dark uniform or whether referees judge them more harshly when they do.  The authors say it may be both. 

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Not All Bar Fights Involve ‘Tough Guys’

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ONTARIO, Canada) – A new study suggests that bar fights do not always involve men in a testosterone-driven rage, but rather sometimes involve men who are non-aggressive, unwilling participants.

The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, surveyed 675 Canadian male drinkers ages 19-25. Almost half of those surveyed said they had participated in a bar fight within the previous year.

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, Canada found that men who reported initiating the fight scored higher on measures of aggressive personality traits and hypermasculinity, or exaggerated stereotypical male behavior, than the 18 percent of men who only reported being victimized in a bar fight situation.

The authors concluded that there is a sizeable group of unwilling victims who do not have the hypermasculine and aggressive personalities and whose victimization should not be trivialized by the “boys will be boys” mindset.

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