View Full Version : Study shows violent video games induce higher emotional activity

11-29-2006, 07:18 AM

NEW YORK: Teenagers engaged in playing violent video games are prone to showing increased activity in certain brain areas, specifically related controlling emotions, and decreased activity in areas that are related to self-control, according to a new research.

The study covered 44 teens who were asked to play both violent and nonviolent games for about 30 minutes and their brain activities were recorded using magnetic resonance imaging technique looking out for metabolic changes in brain activity.


11-29-2006, 01:54 PM
not sure what they want to prove with that tho...

11-29-2006, 02:07 PM
Well, duh... violent situations, even artificial ones on a screen, will warrant such a response.

But it's up to the brains higher reasoning to understand that it is artificial... and to dismiss it once the screen is turned off.

11-29-2006, 03:17 PM
A whole 44 teens? Where did the teens come from? Did they have prior criminal records, were they all high school drop outs? Were they all the same age? Sounds like a well laid out study. I love it when they don't list the details of the study only the results.

But, the results don't seem that shocking to me, they seem kinda obvious actually. I mean, if you made the same kids watch porn for 30 minutes I bet you're gonna find a whole different part of the brain stimulated and if show them a comedy for 30 minutes it will stimulate yet a whole other part of the brain.

Now what would be a useful study would be to test the lasting effects of the video games. Like do those same parts of the brain stay stimulated for hours maybe making kids more likely to commit crime after long term game playing or does the brain return to normal thought process after only a few minutes making the effects of the game just temporary and normal. Of course actually getting an answer wouldn’t get that university doctor any more funding. Scientists don't get grants on answering questions; they only get money posing new ones.

Capt. 'rold
11-29-2006, 05:27 PM
Studies have also shown global warming is not a side effect of human behaviour.

Other studies have shown that nicotine is not addictive, and a number of other questionable studies have shown a whole bunch of other questionable results, such as "feminism is good for society"..

Not sure what that proves.

11-29-2006, 06:25 PM
no surprise here

Mr. Goat
11-29-2006, 06:41 PM