ERIC Number: EJ845462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
Video Game Effects--Confirmed, Suspected, and Speculative: A Review of the Evidence
Barlett, Christopher P.; Anderson, Craig A.; Swing, Edward L.
Simulation & Gaming, v40 n3 p377-403 2009
This literature review focuses on the confirmed, suspected, and speculative effects of violent and non-violent video game exposure on negative and positive outcomes. Negative outcomes include aggressive feelings, aggressive thoughts, aggressive behavior, physiological arousal, and desensitization, whereas positive outcomes include various types of learning. Multiple theories predict, and empirical findings reveal, that violent video game exposure is causally related to a host of negative outcomes and a few positive outcomes. Some non-violent video games have been causally related to some specific positive learning effects as well as certain types of visual cognition (e.g., spatial rotation abilities) and may be associated with some negative effects on executive control and attention disorders. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Video Games, Violence, Aggression, Desensitization, Visual Perception, Attention, Spatial Ability, Cognitive Processes, Models, Perceptual Motor Coordination, Self Concept, Communication Skills, Well Being, Academic Achievement, Prosocial Behavior, Literature Reviews
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