Violence and Videogames

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Topic: Violence and Videogames
Research Question: Do violent videogames cause violent tendencies?

1. Craig A. Anderson, Douglas A. Gentile and Katherine E. Buckley (2007). Violent videogame effects on children and adolescents.

This study found that kids that played violent videogames early in the year changed to see the world in a more aggressive way, and became more verbally and physically aggressive later in the school year. Even after controlling how aggressive the children were at the beginning of the study.

2. Kamy Akhavan. Santa Monica Calif. Jan. 19, 2010. PRNewswire-USNewswire. Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence? Pros and Cons

Violent video games are blamed for school shootings, increases in bullying violence towards women and other violent criminal behavior. Critics say violent games reward players for simulating violence and teach children that violence and teach children that violence is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts.

3. Phillips Helen( 2005 December 12) Violent video games alter brain’s response to violence.2006 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

This study showed that people who played violent video games show diminished brain responses to images of real-life violence, such as gun attacks , but not to other emotionally disturbing pictures, such as those of dead animals, or sick children. The brain activity they measured called the P300 response, is a characteristic signal seen in an EEG. The team recruited 39 experienced gamers, and used questionnaires to assess the amount of violent games they played, They then showed them real life images, mostly of neutral scenes, but interspersed with violent or negative scenes while recording EEGs.

4. Gentile, D.A, Lynch, P., Linder, J. & Walsh, D. (2004). The effects of violent video game habits on adolescent hostility, aggressive behaviors, and school performance. Journal of Adolescence, 27, 5-22,...
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