Alcohol and the Activation of Aggressive Thoughts

This Scientist Development Award provided Dr. Brian Quigley with the opportunity to engage in career development activities that advanced his knowledge of social cognition and alcohol research. The research examined the structure of alcohol expectancies regarding aggression and how those expectancies, when combined with intoxication, can influence the activation of aggressive cognitions. The first phase of this study was designed to examine if alcohol expectancies relating to aggression could be conceptualized as cognitive-associative memory networks and assessed the validity of three laboratory procedures for examining this question. The second phase used procedures validated in the first study to examine the impact of intoxication and alcohol expectancies on the activation of aggressive cognitions. Dr. Quigley’s mentor on this project was Dr. Kenneth Leonard, RIA. Funded by a grant of $387,700 from NIAAA, 2003-2007.