New scientific study finds violent videogames actually reduce hostile frustration

   15/07/2010 at 09:03       Phil May       0 COMMENTS.
Source - Texas A & M International University (Via C & VG)
 - Violent videogames, behavioural patterns, mood adjustment, scientific study, run for it marty!

A study carried out by psychologists at Texas' A & M International University (who?) has found that violent videogames actually REDUCE feelings of hostile frustration, rather than exacerbating them (would anyone in the entire world ever use the word 'exacerbate' if it hadn't been for Shaun of the Dead?)

The study asked a test selection of 103 adults to perform random frustrating tasks - and then a random selection of the test selection each either played no games afterwards, a non violent game, a violent game with a good vs evil theme, and a violent game where they were cast as the bad guy.

Dr. Christopher Ferguson of the study centre found that "The results suggest that violent games reduce depression and hostile feelings in players through mood management."

Ferguson admitted that more work and study was needed on the subject, but backed up the suggestion that pre-existing personality disorders are more likely to be the cause of games-related incidents of violence and crime.

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