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Thursday, June 23, 2005
 
Violent Games Prime Aggressive Brain Patterns?
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In yet another study attempting to link violent games and aggressive behavior, a research team at the University of Aachen conducted a study where they mapped the brain patterns of men playing violent games. As reported by BBC News, the study, presented to the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting in Toronto, showed that the brain patterns matched those of people imagining themselves to be violent.

One of the hypotheses formed by the study is that violent games may prime the brain for acts of aggression, as the repeated pattern may strengthen certain parts of the brain. However, other researchers were dismissive of this, noting that the link between the brain and violence is more complex, as well as noting the generality of the study:

Dr Guy Cumberbatch, head of the independent Communications Research Group in the UK, said: "If the findings in this study were the same as when people responded to imaginary situations, why is it any different to seeing violence in films or at the theatre?"
Cumberbatch added that games are currently under a witch-hunt, and that the instinct to punch someone in the nose is a basic one that probably wasn't influenced by game playing.

BBC News - Games 'prime brain for violence'


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