Can Playing Video Games Really Trigger Aggression?

  • Barrie Gunter


This chapter turns our attention toward research designed to more directly test the potential cause-effect relationships between playing violent video games and subsequent increases across video games and even when in propensity to display aggression against others. This research derives from experimental studies. Many of the basic designs derive from earlier research with film and televised violence. Once again, most of the evidence of this type indicates that playing a violent video game can enhance the aggressive propensities of players when compared with playing nonviolent video games. One of the big critical issues with this body of work is that the measures of aggression used tend not to represent natural forms of aggressive behaviour. Nonetheless, there are interesting findings, showing that aggressive cognitions and emotions can be triggered by violent video games. Whether these translate into real aggressive behaviour, however, remains more open to debate.


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  • Barrie Gunter
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  1. 1.Media and CommunicationUniversity of LeicesterLoughtonUK

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