Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Teens, tempers and video games

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Teens, tempers and video games

Is there any link between video games, aggressive behaviour and moral decision-making in teens?

A Massey University Master’s student is aiming to find out, and he’s looking for 40 North Shore-based participants aged 13-14 to help with his research.

“I’m looking at the connection, if any, between violent video games, moral decision-making and aggression in teenagers aged 13 to 14,” says Sam Payne.

“Video games these days are big sellers – and almost trade on their shock value. I want to find out if violence enacted against people in a virtual environment has any additional effect on the player of the game.”

Mr Payne’s supervisor, School of Psychology lecturer Dr Peter Cannon, says the study could provide valuable insights into teenagers’ brains.

“Mr Payne's research is valuable because we know that lots of teenagers regularly play violent video games, but we don't fully understand the effects that these games have on their aggression and moral decision-making. Teenagers’ brains are still developing, and this is particularly the case for the frontal cortex, which is involved in making everyday moral decisions,” he says.

Participants need to have a good understanding of English and will need to put aside 40 minutes to come to the Albany campus with a parent or guardian at a time that suits them. They will play a video game while having their facial muscle activity recorded, and undergo a couple of tests involving moral decision-making. All the data and information provided will remain confidential and anonymous, and all participants will receive a free Event Cinema movie ticket for their time.

Mr Payne will also provide access to a summary of the project findings to all participants.

For more information on the study, or to book a time, please contact Sam Payne by email: sampaynepayne@gmail.com

The project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey University Human Ethics Committee, Northern. Application 13/018.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news