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'Violent' games can lower anger says one UK university researcher
Posted: 02.04.2008 12:57 by Jamie Davey Comments: 4
Jane Barnett has conducted a study of just under 300 gamers between the age of 12 and 83 playing World of Warcraft, and she claims to have found them more relaxed afterward.

She'll be showcasing her findings at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference being held in Dublin.

There were actually higher levels of relaxation before and after playing the game as opposed to experiencing anger but this did very much depend on personality type," said Barnett of Middlesex University.

"This will help us to develop an emotion and gaming questionnaire to help distinguish the type of gamer who is likely to transfer their online aggression into everyday life."

It would be safe to assume then a raving psycho may not be entirely 'subdued' emotionally after a stint in Manhunt, Resident Evil 4 or Assassin's Creed. Still, progress is being made I guess. Isn't it?

Middlesex University in London
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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 02, 2008
herodotus
She obviously hasn&#039;t seen &quot;Angry German Kid&quot; playing UT3 on U-Tube, or Headshot Phil...they&#039;re crazy...funnt as hell....but crazy. Too many studies methinks. Too many psychologists &quot;discovering&quot; what gamers already know.
By Praetorian (SI Core) on Apr 02, 2008
Praetorian
Well the doc might be right in some way , talking a bout me i leav my anger mostly when i play COD4 it realy helps.Than when i try a round in C&amp;C 3 Kanes wrath i get angry again because of the dificulty factor at (Hard)...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 02, 2008
herodotus
Problem s seperating anger from adoloscence as they are tightly connected. Anger is a normal teenage response, which while worrying to parents and the teenager themselves, when viewed and approached in an appropriate way us seen for what it is...part of growing up. If games can help good. But so does sport, exercise, social interraction and healthy diet. My two bob&#039;s worth anyway (I&#039;m a nurse btw).
By Praetorian (SI Core) on Apr 02, 2008
Praetorian
Lol...Gaming the best solution. :)