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2010-03-01 14:35:00

Iowa State University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Anderson has made much of his life's work studying how violent video game play affects youth behavior. And he says a new study he led, analyzing 130 research reports on more than 130,000 subjects worldwide, proves conclusively that exposure to violent video games makes more aggressive, less caring kids -- regardless of their age, sex or culture. The study was published today in the March 2010 issue of the Psychological...

2010-01-19 10:20:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProCon.org, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity dedicated to promoting critical thinking, created the new website http://videogames.procon.org to explore the core question "Do violent video games contribute to youth violence?" 97% of 12-17 year olds in the US played video games in 2008, thus fueling an $11.7 billion video game industry. In 2008, 10 of the top 20 best-selling video games in the US contained violence....

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2009-06-18 07:40:00

Some video games can make children kinder and more likely to help "” not hurt "” other people. That's the conclusion of new research published in the current (June 2009) issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a top-tier, peer-reviewed academic journal. The article presents the findings of three separate studies, conducted in different countries with different age groups, and using different scientific approaches. All the studies find that playing games with prosocial...

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2009-02-21 07:35:00

On Friday, a U.S. appeals court ruled that a California law restricting the sales and rental of violent video games to minors and imposing labeling requirements is too restrictive and violates free speech guarantees.It was found by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the labeling requirement unfairly forces video games to carry "the state's controversial opinion" about which games are consider to be violent.The three-judge panel's unanimous opinion might have an impact on efforts by...

2009-02-20 16:50:21

Violent video games and movies can make people numb to the pain and suffering of others, U.S. researchers said. Two studies conducted by University of Michigan Professor Brad Bushman and Iowa State University Professor Craig Anderson demonstrated that exposure to violent media produces physiological desensitization -- lowering heart rate and skin conductance -- when viewing scenes of actual violence a short time later. In one study, 320 college students played either a violent or a...

2009-02-20 10:55:50

Violent video games and movies make people numb to the pain and suffering of others, according to a research report published in the March 2009 issue of Psychological Science.The report details the findings of two studies conducted by University of Michigan professor Brad Bushman and Iowa State University professor Craig Anderson.The studies fill an important research gap in the literature on the impact of violent media. In earlier work, Bushman and Anderson demonstrated that exposure to...

2008-12-02 06:40:00

MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Is it purely a coincidence that the Christmas shopping season kicks off with a day called 'Black Friday'? Maybe so, but how is it then explained that the gifts in the most demand this year seem to be violent video games? Art Ally's Group, The Timothy Plan, is a Mutual Fund company that only invests in companies who reach very quantifiable moral and ethical standards. Suffice it to say, Ally draws the line well before investing in companies...

2008-11-21 15:36:53

A U.S. study provides new evidence that violent media does indeed impact adolescent behavior, a researcher said. Lead author Paul Boxer of Rutgers University said the findings show that even when other factors are considered, such as academic skills, community violence or emotional problems, childhood and adolescent violent media preferences contributed significantly to the prediction of violence and general aggression. Although a relationship between media violence and violent behavior has...

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2008-11-03 16:30:00

A new study has found a link between simulated violence portrayed on video games and aggressive behavior of children. In the U.S., as much as 90 percent of children ages 8 to 16 play video games for 13 hours a week or more. Now, in a study appearing in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers set out to determine whether video games caused children to become aggressive or if aggressive children were simply drawn to violent games. Many studies have linked violence in TV shows...

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2008-08-04 16:13:21

A video game distributor in Thailand suspended sales of the controversial "Grand Theft Auto" Monday amid reports of an 18-year-old high school student who confessed to trying to replicate a scene from the game by robbing and murdering a 54-year-old taxi driver with a knife. "We are sending out requests today to outlets and shops to pull the games off their shelves and we will replace them with other games," said Sakchai Chotikachinda, sales and marketing director of New Era Interactive Media,...


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