From the August 1970 magazine.

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Shocking Experiment

Richard M. Bennett's scientific experiment showed a stiff drink does not make a man more aggressive. "Most people have witnessed verbal or physical aggression in the context of drinking," he said. "Many have been participants in at least verbal aggression while drinking." But there are uncontrolled variables. It doesn't have to be the booze which does it.

So Bennett and his associates in psychology at Rutgers University--Arnold H. Buss and John A. Carpenter--set up a scientifically correct experiment. The measure of aggression was the willingness of subjects to inflict pain on a stranger. There were 16 subjects, all graduate students, who thought they were taking part in an experiment in learning.

-- Delos Smith

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