YD Scuba Diving Forums banner
1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,240 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Discuss....


Games 'prime brain for violence'



The men studied all played violent games regularly

Playing a video game triggers the same violent responses in the brain as actual aggression, researchers claim.

A team from the University of Aachen, Germany, asked men to play a game which required them to kill terrorists in order to rescue hostages.

They found brain mapping scans showed the same kind of activity as when people imagine being violent themselves, New Scientist reports.

Game players' may be more "primed" for aggression, experts warn.

The instinct to punch someone on the nose is pretty basic



Professor Guy Cumberbatch, Communications Research Group



The study, presented to the Organisation for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, follows on from other research which showed people who played violent computer games reported high levels of aggression and to have committed assaults and robberies.

The German team studied 13 men aged between 18 and 26, who played games for an average of two hours a day.

They asked the men to play a violent game while their brain activity was monitored using magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning.

The researchers monitored the game scene by scene, and watched how brain activity changed during violent interactions and calmer interludes.

It was found that, when violence was imminent, the cognitive - information processing - parts of the brain became more active.

Response patterns

During a fight in the game, parts of the brain which deal with emotion, including the amygdala and the anterior cingulate cortex, were shut down.

The same pattern has been seen in brain scans of people during acts of real aggression.

Dr Klaus Mathiak, who led the research, said since it was impossible to scan the brains of people involved in actual fights, this was the closest researchers could get to seeing what was happening in people's brains.

Dr Niels Birbaumer, from the University of Tubingen in Germany, suggested playing games regularly would strengthen certain circuits in the brain, and a regular player faced with a real life violent situation may be more likely to react aggressively.

The instinct to punch someone on the nose is pretty basic. I don't think it is influenced in any way by playing these games



Dr Guy Cumberbatch
Communications Research Group



But Jeffrey Fagan, a violence expert from Columbia University in New York, said the link between the brain and violence was complex.

He said: "The frontal lobe functions associated with violence have more to do with restraint than the arousal to action".

And 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?

"The problem is, it's very much a witch-hunt in relation to video games."

He added: "The instinct to punch someone on the nose is pretty basic. I don't think it is influenced in any way by playing these games."
 

·
A VS Cash Cow
Joined
·
17,832 Posts
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I often get home at the end of a bad day at work really wound up with stupid people and pointless mangers and rather than going to the pub getting beared up on 8 pints of wife beater. I'll sit at home and take it out on a load of computer generated pixels and after i've killed enough for multiple life sentances i switch on the telly till my brain has completly ceased working. At which point my propensity for violence is nil.

This IMHO is the same link they're refering to as the video's and violence, its kids who aren't taught the difference between real and make believe and what is socially acceptable and whats not. More to do with our general maliase in society today.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,839 Posts
Yes, and God help you if you play Sonic the Hedgehog. . .

Mind you, if I played Super Mario for long enough, I might be able to fix that annoying dripping tap in the kitchen. But then, remembering THIS cartoon. . . maybe not :)
 

·
Creature of the night
Joined
·
14,183 Posts
Quite possibly when my Daughter used to play Spice world I always felt like twatting somebody ;)

Safe diving,
Steve
 

·
Proven ability to roll with it.
Joined
·
2,293 Posts
To f*^$ing right they do.

If any of the bleeding heart liberal responsible for this sort of shi!te want to come and remove my Xbox and copy of St Andreas - well they are welcome to try.
I've barricaded the doors and set a claymore up on the drive. Paraphrasing Charlton Heston - from my cold, dead hand.

I'll be waiting for them...

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,240 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Gavin Smith said:
To f*^$ing right they do.

If any of the bleeding heart liberal responsible for this sort of shi!te want to come and remove my Xbox and copy of St Andreas - well they are welcome to try.
I've barricaded the doors and set a claymore up on the drive. Paraphrasing Charlton Heston - from my cold, dead hand.

I'll be waiting for them...

A link between backwoodsmen, militias, the NRA and video games...

Discuss. :D :D ;)
 

·
Proven ability to roll with it.
Joined
·
2,293 Posts
Mr T. said:
A link between backwoodsmen, militias, the NRA and video games...

Discuss. :D :D ;)
You talking about me
.
you
. You just made my list
.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
199 Posts
Standard German bollox, censor the crap out of everything violent. Changing the blood in video games to green for German release. stupid stupid rules

Except if they happen to be wearing a gimp mask at the time, then its fine to bugger the hell out of it on telly.

........ end of incoherant ranting.



I was out on my bike last night and found myself wondering whether i should ride down the subway steps. Fortunatley i realised in time that i dont have the skills in real life to get my R1 up and down the twisting stairs. Bloody San andreas nearly got me....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
If you're a peaceful person, violent games won't make you kill people, that's for sure. People just need to hate something, and for some reason, computer games are being hated. For many people, it's just a way to relax, and for me, it's also a source of profit because I manage to make money by selling skins on httрs://dmarket.com/sell-csgo-skins, so I can tell you that video games are not harmful at all.
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top