A Loss of Empathy in Gamers Causing Gun Violence?
the MPR take:
While new psychological research points to a link between violent video games and desensitization towards real world violence in adolescents, most studies have been inconclusive, and more research into this topic still needs to be done. In a new study article, Dr. Jeanne Brockmeyer, a child psychologist whose paper on this topic will be published later this summer, posits that adolescents who are exposed to violent images for long periods of time show changes in the area of the brain responsible for empathy. Another Canadian study out of Brock University, demonstrates similar results; children who spent >3 hours a day playing violent video games had delays in empathy, something that should naturally develop as children grow into adults.
The sound of machine guns rattled through the building as explosions shook the walls. With shootings happening with alarming frequency in schools, malls, movie theaters and streets across America, people are again asking if video games contribute to gun violence. And do so-called first-person ...
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