What is it about?
How does on-screen violence affect the behavior of people who watch it? There are many studies of fictional and video game violence, but very few that examine real-life violence. We utilize a pre-registered experiment to test the effects of both fictional and real-life violence. The findings show that real-life violence may actually inhibit aggressive behavior, not increase it.
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Why is it important?
Individuals today have unprecedented access to graphic images and videos of real-life violence. But we know little about how exposure to these images affects individuals' behavior. This experiment suggests that watching real violence in the media does not increase -- and may actually decrease -- aggressive behavior.
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This page is a summary of: Mild aggressive behavior and images of real-life violence., Journal of Experimental Psychology Applied, June 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xap0000478.
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