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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2015 Jan;24(1):65-77. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2014.08.001. Epub 2014 Oct 3.

Playing violent video games and desensitization to violence.

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Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Toledo, MS 948, 2800 West Bancroft, Toledo, OH 43606-3390, USA. Electronic address: jeanne.brockmyer@gmail.com.

Abstract

This article examines current research linking exposure to violent video games and desensitization to violence. Data from questionnaire, behavioral, and psychophysiologic research are reviewed to determine if exposure to violent video games is a risk factor for desensitization to violence. Real-world implications of desensitization are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Aggression; Desensitization; Empathy; Media violence; Moral evaluation; Video games; Violence; fMRI

PMID:
25455576
DOI:
10.1016/j.chc.2014.08.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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