New Psychological Study Links Violent Games to Desensitization

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Two psychologists at Iowa State University have published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology called "The Effects of Video Game Violence on Physiological Desensitization to Real-Life Violence."
The study, conducted on 257 college students determined that participants had less of a physiological response to viewing real (recorded) violence if they were playing a violent video game for twenty minutes previously.

The researchers go on to conclude that entertainment media produce "a powerful desensitization intervention on a global level." While the researchers may have demonstrated that one's reaction to video that would cause agitation is different after playing a very active video game, extending these conclusions to long-term effects or societal attitudes still appears to be a stretch.

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