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Guns, gender, race and violent video games: Searching for the roots of modern aggression

Emina Visnic
Sunday, October 19, 2014 -
8:30am to 9:30am

Do violent video games and movies really induce aggressive behavior and fuel racial and gender stereotypes? Does the increasing amount of gun violence in PG-13 movies harm children? These hotly debated questions have made Brad Bushman a lightning rod for controversy. Bushman’s experiments suggest that playing a violent video game strengthens race and gender stereotypes as well as aggressive impulses. Bushman is collaborating in several studies designed to tease out the mechanisms behind these influences and look at longer-term effects.


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