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Research Post #7

In that same article by usnews.com a researcher explained how they run tests on people who play violent video games. I found this very interesting because at the beginning of this project I thought about tests they could run, but it was unclear to me exactly how they would be conducted. “The average experimental study in this area involves having one group of people play a violent video game while another group plays a non-violent video game. After a short game play session (usually around 15 minutes) participants’ aggressive thoughts or behaviors are assessed. Using such a methodology, researchers have found that individuals who play violent video games are more likely to expose others to loud irritating noises, report feeling more hostile on a questionnaire, give longer prison sentences to hypothetical criminals and even give hot sauce to people who do not like spicy food”. He then makes the point that while the participant may exemplify some more aggressive behaviors, “it is quite a leap to imply that the desire to expose others to loud noises or hot sauce is similar to the violent events which occurred at Sandy Hook”.

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