Politician: A major social problem is children hurting other children. The results of a recent experiment by psycholo...

Kenji on August 2, 2020

June 2013 LSAT lr 17

Is C the correct answer because punching Bobo doesn't necessarily translate to punching other children in real life? I eliminated answer C because it didn't touch on the study discussed in the stimulus, which seemed like the main premise of politician's argument. Please help and thanks in advance!

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Shunhe on August 3, 2020

Hi @kenken,

Thanks for the question! Yup, I think you got the general idea here. Remember, the general argument in this passage is about how watching violent films is at least partly responsible for the aggressive behavior of children hurting other children. And the study shows us that watching certain films will make children more likely to punch the Bobo dolls, which might make us think that they’d also be more likely to punch other children. But (C) basically comes in and says that in the end, the people who watched the film weren’t more likely to punch other children than the people who didn’t watch the film. So maybe they’re more inclined to hit inanimate objects, but just that, it doesn’t spread to actually hitting children. And that would weaken the politician’s argument that watching violent films contributes to to children hurting other children.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.