“Remain Calm. Be Kind.” Effects of Relaxing Video Games on Aggressive and Prosocial Behavior

  title={“Remain Calm. Be Kind.” Effects of Relaxing Video Games on Aggressive and Prosocial Behavior},
  author={Jodi L. Whitaker and Brad J. Bushman},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={88 - 92}
Research shows that violent video games increase aggressive behavior and decrease prosocial behavior, but could relaxing video games have the opposite effects? In two experiments, participants were randomly assigned to play a relaxing, neutral, or prosocial video game for 20 min. In Experiment 1, participants competed with an ostensible partner on a competitive reaction time task in which they could behave in an aggressive manner (by blasting their partner with loud noise), or in a prosocial… Expand

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