The Effect of Violent Video Games on Aggression

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dc.contributor.author Swain, Kaila
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-10T13:54:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-10T13:54:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1629
dc.description Mentors: Olga Lazareva and Martin Acerbo en_US
dc.description.abstract In the past, extensive research has been conducted on immersive platform-based video games. However, research has not yet examined Flash-based video games that are generally less immersive and available to a more diverse audience. This study examines the level of aggression by testing stress of participants after playing one of three video games: Tetris, Tank Blitz, and Highway Pursuit 2. Measures used to assess stress include an implicit measure of aggression, the Word Completion Task; an explicit measure of aggression, the Buss-Perry Scale of aggression; and a physiological measure of aggression, a concentration of cortisol in saliva samples (Anderson et al., 2004; Buss & Perry, 1992). Participants were administered the Buss-Perry Scale and the Word Completion Task before and after playing the video game for ten minutes. Saliva samples were collected prior to playing the video game, immediately after finishing the video game, and 15 minutes after playing the video game, during which participants completed content-neutral tasks. We also collected the ratings of perceived game complexity and videogame experience. Preliminary results will be presented. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS;2012;19
dc.subject Violence in video games--social aspects en_US
dc.subject Violence in video games--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Aggressiveness--Testing en_US
dc.title The Effect of Violent Video Games on Aggression en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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