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No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:10 pm

No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior

Date: January 16, 2018

Source: University of York

Summary: Researchers have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more violent.

Researchers at the University of York have found no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more violent.

In a series of experiments, with more than 3,000 participants, the team demonstrated that video game concepts do not 'prime' players to behave in certain ways and that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily increase aggression in game players.

The dominant model of learning in games is built on the idea that exposing players to concepts, such as violence in a game, makes those concepts easier to use in 'real life'.

This is known as 'priming', and is thought to lead to changes in behaviour. Previous experiments on this effect, however, have so far provided mixed conclusions.

Researchers at the University of York expanded the number of participants in experiments, compared to studies that had gone before it, and compared different types of gaming realism to explore whether more conclusive evidence could be found.

In one study, participants played a game where they had to either be a car avoiding collisions with trucks or a mouse avoiding being caught by a cat. Following the game, the players were shown various images, such as a bus or a dog, and asked to label them as either a vehicle or an animal.

Dr David Zendle, from the University's Department of Computer Science, said: "If players are 'primed' through immersing themselves in the concepts of the game, they should be able to categorise the objects associated with this game more quickly in the real world once the game had concluded.

"Across the two games we didn't find this to be the case. Participants who played a car-themed game were no quicker at categorising vehicle images, and indeed in some cases their reaction time was significantly slower."


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Re: No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior

Postby Nikki Nyx » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:13 pm

I know this is anecdotal, but I've had a serious craving to jump on turtles ever since Super Mario Bros. Don't ask me about Donkey Kong; I still can't talk about it.
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Re: No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:56 pm

Nikki Nyx wrote:I know this is anecdotal, but I've had a serious craving to jump on turtles ever since Super Mario Bros. Don't ask me about Donkey Kong; I still can't talk about it.

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