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On-line social decision making and antisocial behavior: Some essential but neglected issues
Clinical Psychology Review (2008)
  • Reid G. Fontaine, University of Arizona
The last quarter century has witnessed considerable progress in the scientific study of social information processing (SIP) and aggressive behavior in children. SIP research has shown that social decision making in youth is particularly predictive of antisocial behavior, especially as children enter and progress through adolescence. In furtherance of this research, more sophisticated, elaborate models of on-line social decision making have been developed, by which various domains of evaluative judgment are hypothesized to account for both responsive decision making and behavior, as well as self-initiated, instrumental functioning. However, discussions of these models have neglected a number of key issues. In particular, the roles of nonconscious cognitive factors, learning and development, impulsivity and behavioral disinhibition, emotion, and other internal and external factors (e.g., pharmacological influences and audience effects) have been largely absent from scholarly writings. In response, this article introduces discussion of these factors and reviews their possible roles in on-line social decision making and antisocial behavior in youth.
  • Decision making; Aggression; Antisocial behavior; Violence; Social cognition
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Reid G. Fontaine. "On-line social decision making and antisocial behavior: Some essential but neglected issues" Clinical Psychology Review Vol. 28 (2008)
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