Media - SS1 - Influence on Social Behaviour - Effects of Video Games

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Which 3 psychologists showed that video games have a positive effect on behaviour?
Kestenbaum & Weinstein, Shotter and Durkin & Barber
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Who did Kestenbaum & Weinstein assess heavy computer game use in?
Adolescent males
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What type of effect did they find video games to have?
A calming effect in helping to manage conflict and discharged aggression by allowing open expression of competition
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What is a problem with the study?
A biased sample was used - only adolescent males = adrocentric
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What did Shotter find about those addicted to video games?
They secured high ranking jobs
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Who did Durkin & Barber study?
16 year olds
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What was found to be superior in game players than non-game players?
Measures of family closeness, activity involvement, school engagement, mental health, low substance misuse and friendship networks
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What is a problem?
Only 16 year olds studied = biased sample, can't generalise
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Which 3 psychologists support that video games have a negative effect?
Silvern & Willianson, Grusser et al and Sopes & Millar
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What did Silvern & Williamson find about children playing a violent video game?
Exhibited more verbal and physical aggression compared to children who watched a non-violent cartoon
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What is a problem?
Only children = can't generalise
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How many gamers did Grusser et al study?
12,000
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What % of them were addicted?
12%
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What is good about the study?
Large sample = more generalisable
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What did Sopes & Millar find about childen who play video games?
They exhibit addictive tendancies due to the compulsive behavioural involvement, and exhibit withdrawal symptoms, like the shakes when attemptimg to stop playing
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What do they also do to fund their habit?
Turn to crime
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