Thursday, March 15, 2012

Heat and Crime

Heat effects on affective, cognitive, and arousal variables have proven quite consistent. Exposure to hot temperatures increases heart rate, endorsement of aggressive feelings and beliefs, and feelings of hostility, all the while decreasing feelings of arousal and comfort. The heat-induced increase in endorsement of aggressive attitudes and beliefs looks, at first glance, like a cognitive priming effect, automatically increasing the accessibility of aggressive thoughts.

Read more at The 312 Chicago Magazine's Staff blog - Heat and Crime: It's Not Just You Feeling It Mar 15, 2012 By Whet Moser

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