Media - SS1 - Influence on Social Behaviour - Desensitisation

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Which 2 psychologists support the desensitisation theory?
Bushman and Moeller
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How did Bushman split ppts?
2 groups - 1 played violent video games, other played non-violent games for 20 mins
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What happened when they staged a fight where someone was injured?
They found that those who played violent video games took longer to come and help = weren't that bothered and shocked by behaviour, as less sensetive to it now
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What did Moeller research?
Media appeals on natural disasters
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What was found for subsequent media appeals?
Donations of help for victims of natural disasters would decrease
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Which psychologist goes against desensitisation?
Belson
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What did Belson find when exposing 1500 teenage boys to violent TV?
No evidence was found that is desensitised them into becoming more violent or having reduced consideration for others
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What is the problem with pro-social behaviour?
Hard to research - not an isolated event like anti-social, more likely to be continuous
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What doesn't it account for?
Individual differences - Not everyone will be deseinsitised to a behaviour if over-exposed to it
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What is a practical application?
Over-exposure to the meadia could lead to less violence in real life - reinforces punishment and is a usefu outlet for relieving aggression
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