"killing spree": Exploring the connection between competitive game play and aggressive cognition

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Abstract

Although scholars have repeatedly linked video games to aggression, little research has investigated how specific game characteristics might generate such effects. In this study, we consider how game mode-cooperative, competitive, or solo-shapes aggressive cognition. Using experimental data, we find partial support for the idea that cooperative play modes prompt less aggressive cognition. Further analysis of potential mediating variables along with the influence of gender suggests the effect is primarily explained by social learning rather than frustration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-274
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Research
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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