Violent media and aggression in youth is a prominent topic that draws a lot of attention and occasionally skepticism; however, scientific research has created a body of evidence that supports the link between violent media and aggression, desensitization, and anxiety. Recently, our own Dr. Michael Rich weighed in on how children learn from all aspects of their environment – including violent media.
Below are just a few of the studies recently added to our Database of Research in this area, from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and adolescent health. Of note is the last article, in which researchers illustrate how playing a non-violent video game can actually reduce aggression.
- Elecronic media provides another outlet for middle school students who engage in traditional forms of bullying and aggression.
- Researchers discovered that adolescents who are diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders have different patterns of brain activity when viewing violent media.
- This study examines the link between violent media exposure, aggression, prosocial behavior, and academic achievement.
- College students who played a prosocial game were less likely to respond to follow-up tasks in an aggressive manner.