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One can’t accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor. ScreenShots of Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare/Brother Games screenshot

Violent video games and real violence: there’s a link but it’s not so simple

There is agreement that violent video games lead to aggression. But one can't accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor.
Games like Pokémon GO cleverly exploit our psychology in the way they dole our rewards to keep players hooked. Shutterstock

The power of rewards and why we seek them out

The Pokemon GO craze has tapped in to our desire to seek out rewards. But there different types of rewards in life, each designed to capture our attention, even train our behaviour.
According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited the Earth. Raphael Terra, 'UFO Sunset.'

Why are people starting to believe in UFOs again?

Whether it's Hillary Clinton's courting the UFO vote or Donald Trump's lending credibility to various conspiracy theories, the "triumph of reason" seems to have gone by the wayside.
James Holmes was a psychiatric patient at the time he shot 24 people dead in the Aurora Picture House shooting in 2012. EPA/Arapahoe County Sherriff's Office

Can we predict who will become mass shooters?

Telltale signs can identify people at risk of committing extreme violence.
I just can’t seem to get my replication studies published. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com

Is psychology really in crisis?

Only 1% of published psychology research papers are ever repeated. If psychologists want their discipline to be taken seriously, they'll need to get their house in order.

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