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UQ study confirms dangers of violent videogames

Playing violent video games leads players to see themselves, and their opponents, as lacking in core human qualities such as warmth, open-mindedness, and intelligence.

In a recently published paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the researchers looked at whether the experience of cyber-violence had dehumanising consequences for the self-concept of game players and well as their opponents.

The researchers said it wasn’t surprising that many people were concerned about the effects of playing violent video games, especially when they appeared to reflect changes in people’s behaviour, emotions, and cognitions in ways consistent with a loss of humanity.

Read more at The University of Queensland

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