The Effects of Observing Violence.

  title={The Effects of Observing Violence.},
  author={Leonard L Berkowitz},
  journal={Scientific American},
An ancient view of drama is that the action on the stage provides the spectators with an opportunity to release their own strong emotions harmlessly through identification with the people and events depicted in the play. This idea dates back at least as far as Aristotle, who wrote in The Art of Poetry that drama is "a representation . . . in the form of actions directly presented, not narrated; with incidents arousing pity and fear in such a way as to accomplish a purgation of such emotions… CONTINUE READING
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