Violence

Playing football games on computers ‘makes you more aggressive’

Daily Mail: Computer games about football make players more aggressive than violent ones, psychologists claim. While participants remain ‘numb’ when they see someone being ‘killed’ on screen, apparently harmless games that mirror real life can have a far greater effect. The study shows a complex link between the way viewers More

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Think it’s easy to be macho? Psychologists show how ‘precarious’ manhood is

Manhood is a “precarious” status—difficult to earn and easy to lose. And when it’s threatened, men see aggression as a good way to hold onto it.  These are the conclusions of a new article by University of South Florida psychologists Jennifer K. Bosson and Joseph A. Vandello. The paper is More

Television Viewing and Aggression: Some Alternative Perspectives

The effect of media violence on behavior is not only an interesting psychological question but is also a relevant public policy and public health issue. Although many studies have been conducted examining the link between violence on TV and aggressive behavior, most of these studies have overlooked several other potentially More

When God Sanctions Killing, the People Listen

New research published in the March issue of Psychological Science may help elucidate the relationship between religious indoctrination and violence, a topic that has gained renewed notoriety in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  In the article, University of Michigan psychologist Brad Bushman and his colleagues suggest that More