Many studies have found a correlation between violence portrayed in movies, television and video games and real-life violence in the children who view and interact with such media. One such study found that after viewing a video in which a specific type of toy was punched repeatedly, children were more likely to punch that same toy when presented with the opportunity.
This led researchers to conclude that viewing the violent video led to the children being more violent. Critics, however, disagreed with this conclusion.
Which of the following provides the strongest alternative explanation for the children’s behavior?