Violent Video Game Play Impacts Facial Emotion Recognition

  • Kirsh S
  • Mounts J
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This study assessed the speed of recognition of facial emotional expressions (happy and angry) as a function of violent video game play. Color photos of calm facial expressions morphed to either an angry or a happy facial expression. Participants were asked to make a speeded identification of the emotion (happiness or anger) during the morph. Typically, happy faces are identified faster than angry faces (the happy-face advantage). Results indicated that playing a violent video game led to a reduction in the happy face advantage. Implications of these findings are discussed with respect to the current models of aggressive behavior

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  • emotion
  • media
  • reaction time
  • recognition
  • video games
  • violence

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  • Steven J Kirsh

  • Jeffrey R W Mounts

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