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Avances en Psicología Latinoamericana

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MUSTACA, Alba Elisabeth. Frustration and Social Behavior. Av. Psicol. Latinoam. [online]. 2018, vol.36, n.1, pp.65-81. ISSN 1794-4724.

Throughout life, events play out in unexpected ways: sometimes they are better than expected and sometimes they are worse. The neurosciences, including psychology, widely study these mechanisms and their effects. From a theoretical point of view, frustration is defined as the body response that is triggered when a subject experiences a surprising omission or devaluation in the quality or quantity of an appetitive reinforcer in the presence of signals previously associated with a reinforcer of greater magnitude (Amsel, 1992). In this article, I will present only the main theories of frustration and examples of the relationship between it and social responses in animal and human models.

Keywords : Frustration; agonistic responses; social exclusion; animal and human models.

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