Boy Fighting - USED 12-3-13 Research BlogViolent 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.


Has cyber technology produced a new group of peer aggressors?

  • Elecronic media provides another outlet for middle school students who engage in traditional forms of bullying and aggression.

The interacting role of media violence exposure and aggressive-disruptive behavior in adolescent brain activation during an emotional Stroop task

  • Researchers discovered that adolescents who are diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders have different patterns of brain activity when viewing violent media.

Links between self-reported media violence exposure and teacher ratings of aggression and prosocial behavior among German adolescents

  • This study examines the link between violent media exposure, aggression, prosocial behavior, and academic achievement.

Prosocial video games reduce aggressive cognitions

  • College students who played a prosocial game were less likely to respond to follow-up tasks in an aggressive manner.

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