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video games and teen behavior
2014-08-05 12:59:45

John Cramer, Dartmouth College Previous studies show that violent video games increase adolescent aggressiveness, but new Dartmouth research finds for the first time that teenagers who play mature-rated, risk-glorifying video games are more likely subsequently to engage in a wide range of behaviors beyond aggression, including alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, delinquency, and risky sex. More generally, such games—especially character-based games with anti-social protagonists—appear...

2014-05-07 09:36:52

Session at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting to focus on reducing aggression and violence in video games and media Research has demonstrated a link between screen violence and real-world aggression, both in traditional media like violent movies and in newer media including first-person shooter games. Minimizing exposure to virtual violence will not completely eliminate acts of aggression, but it is an important strategy to investigate, according to experts presenting a session on...

Video Game Aggression Brought About By Failure, Not Violence
2014-04-08 05:37:21

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It isn’t the violent gameplay in video games such as The Walking Dead, Grand Theft Auto or World of Warcraft that fosters intense feelings of aggression in video game players – it's the failure that comes with gameplay that leads to hostile behavior. So blasting away at zombies, running over pedestrians in a high speed chase and hacking and slashing to the room of treasure doesn’t create the aggressive feelings; but rather the fact...

2014-04-03 10:09:55

Gaming journalists, video gamers have become more tolerant of violence as it has become more life-like Members of the media and others often have attributed violence in video games as a potential cause of social ills, such as increased levels of teen violence and school shootings. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that media acceptance of video game violence has increased as video game technology has improved over time. Greg Perreault, a doctoral student at the MU School...

violent video games
2014-03-26 03:05:47

Iowa State University Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, says it is really no different than learning math or to play the piano. “If you...

2014-03-11 23:29:00

Reading books that have been challenged because of 'edgy' content may have some positive outcomes, according to one recent study. DeLand, FL (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 Reading for pleasure can positively affect a student’s GPA. Required reading for school? Not so much, according to a recent study by Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Psychology Department at Stetson University. Ferguson, who is probably best known for his ongoing research on the effects of...

Violent Video Games Self Control Unethical Behavior
2013-11-25 14:55:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ever since the horrific incident at Columbine High School, violent video games and mass shootings have been intertwined. Now, a new study from an international team of researchers has found playing violent video games not only increases aggression but can also cause players to exhibit less self-control and more unethical behaviors. The study researchers found these effects were strongest in teenage participants who scored high on a...

2013-11-21 11:51:09

For Thanksgiving: New research on dieting challenges and more in our journals From how we think ourselves into eating more to how male dominant behavior affects woman's math performance, check out new research in our journals this month. Thinking ourselves into eating more "Think before you act" is sage advice for dieters, especially when considering grabbing that holiday cookie, right? A new analysis of 50 studies finds that thinking before you eat can actually undermine your...

Violent Video Games Do Not Lead To Violent Lifestyle
2013-08-26 13:12:23

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study found that teens who play violent video games are not likely to become more violent or partake in anti-social behavior. The study, which was led by Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University and independent researcher Cheryl Olson, found that games such as Grand Theft Auto and Halo do not trigger teenagers with symptoms of depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD) to become more aggressive. The researchers found...

2013-08-05 08:04:09

A person playing a first-person shooter video game like Halo or Unreal Tournament must make decisions quickly. That fast-paced decision-making, it turns out, boosts the player's visual skills but comes at a cost, according to new research: reducing the person's ability to inhibit impulsive behavior. This reduction in what is called "proactive executive control" appears to be yet another way that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior. "We believe that any game that requires...


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