The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Conor O’Dea, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Union College
for a public lecture entitled
The Masculinity-based model of Aggressive Retaliation in Society (MARS)
Thursday, February 3, 2022
12:45–1:50 PM • Karp 105
Note: No food/drink due to COVID policy
I present a theoretical model, the Masculinity-based model of Aggressive Retaliation in Society (MARS). Masculine honor cultural ideologies foster a norm that young men should swiftly and decisively respond against threats to their masculinity. I contend that better understanding how these top-down expectations that are placed on young men interact with bottom-up processes such as hormones, brain area activation, and brain area connectivity will help explain the risk factors behind extreme forms of retaliatory aggression, including shootings in modern society, and why the vast majority of these heinous crimes are committed by young men. These predictors have been established in the literature individually as causes of violence and aggression, but I contend that these may function as additive risk factors and their deadly combination that may lead to retaliatory aggression as a perceived last resort for affected boys and young men.