escalated hostility or an elevated propensity toward aggression generated by just the sight of a weapon. If provoked, people who have formerly been exposed to the sight of a weapon will act more hostile than those who haven't. Additional research has proven that this aggressiveness is primed by the viewing of weapons and that any other item correlated to aggression can have the same impact.

WEAPONS EFFECT: "The weapons effect may produce aggressiveness in children previously exposed to weapons."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "WEAPONS EFFECT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/weapons-effect/ (accessed August 16, 2018).