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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Video Game Violence

WASHINGTON -- There's been a raging debate over whether violent video games make players more aggressive. Two new studies provide clues.

Researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina asked 227 college students to answer a questionnaire aimed at determining whether they had aggressive personalities. Those who scored high on aggressiveness tended to be attracted to more violent video games, according to a report in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

In the second study, 210 students played either a violent or a nonviolent video game and then participated in an interaction with another student. The students were much more likely to punish another student more severely after playing a violent game, the researchers found.