Anderson, C. A., & Bushman, B. J. (2001). 

Effects of Violent Video Games on Aggressive Behavior, Aggressive Cognition, Aggressive Affect, Physiological Arousal, and Prosocial Behavior:
A Meta-Analytic Review of the Scientific Literature

Psychological Science,12, 353-359.


Research on exposure to TV and movie violence suggests that playing violent video games will increase aggressive behavior. A meta-analytic review of the video game research literature reveals that violent video games increase aggressive behavior in children and young adults. Experimental and nonexperimental studies with males and females in laboratory and field settings support this conclusion. Analyses also reveal that exposure to violent video games increases physiological arousal and aggression-related thoughts and feelings. Playing violent video games also decreases prosocial behavior.

© Copyright 2000 by Craig A. Anderson & Brad J. Bushman 

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