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U.S. Supreme Court knocks down law banning violent games to minors

Despite the decision, experts say that violent games directly influence children's behavior

 
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This week the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California law that prohibited the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. But the behavior of a child can be influenced directly by a violent game? On balance, the researchers think so.

According to professor of psychology and communication at Ohio State University, Brad Bushman, the relationship between games and aggressive behavior is unclear. "More than 130 studies have been conducted with more than 130 000 participants from around the world. These studies provide evidence that these violent video games can lead to an increase in aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal, including increased heart rate and aggressive behavior. They also decrease feelings of empathy for others and cooperative behavior. "

But Christopher Ferguson, a psychologist at Texas A & M University, believes that research on the effects of media on aggression is inconsistent. Ferguson points to research that found that playing violent video games may have some positive effects for young people, such as better management of stress.

The developmental psychologist at Iowa State University, Douglas Gentile, believes that psychological science about the relationship between behavior and violent video games still holds up. "What we do not want is for parents to leave saying, 'Oh, then I need not worry." Gentile says. Research shows that parents set limits on the use of media by children, is a powerful protective factor for them.

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