Harmful Effects of Violent Video Games?

In Study 2 we randomly assigned participants to play either aviolentor a nonviolent video game; the two games were matched (by means ofpretesting)on several key dimensions. Subsequently, these participants played acompetitivereaction time game in which they could punish their opponent bydeliveringa noxious blast of white noise. This constituted our laboratory measureof aggression. We also assessed the effects of the video games on bothhostile thoughts and hostile feelings to see whether either (or both)servedas mediators of the violent video game effect on aggressivebehavior.

However, even when researchers controlled for gender, the violent video game effects on behavior were the same for girls and boys

Boys reported doing more physically aggressive behaviors and spending more time playing violent games than girls. However, even when researchers controlled for gender, the violent video game effects on behavior were the same for girls and boys.

the long-term effects that violent games can have on children

and debate regarding violent video game effects on behavior. References. Adachi, P. J. C., & Willoughby, T. (2011a). The effect of video game competition and.

Effects of Video Games on Aggression - Personality

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