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Watching violent TV or video games desensitises teenagers and may promote more aggressive behaviour

19 October 2010

Watching violent films, TV programmes or video games desensitises teenagers, blunts their emotional responses to aggression and potentially promotes aggressive attitudes and behaviour, according to new research published online today in the Oxford Journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (Tuesday 19 October).

Read the paper: Fronto-parietal regulation of media violence exposure in adolescents: a multi-method study

Published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Advanced Access, 19 October 2010.

Read the press release here.

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