Daily Bookmarks 03/08/2008

Game Couch: Interview: Dr. Cheryl K. Olson co-author of Grand Theft Childhood Annotated

tags: games, research

Interview with the author of a book about extensive research on violence in video games. Instead of just researching the effects on college students playing for 15 minutes, this author looked at real children and how they play games. One finding was that many children who play violent games use it to “get their anger out.”

In 2007, results from a breakthrough Harvard video game study found that children used video games to manage their feelings, the stereotype of the socially stunted gamer was a myth, and there was no obvious connection between violent games and youth crime.

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