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Violent computer games spur aggression: study

a pretend opponent those with the greatest reduction in P300 meted out the severest punishments.

Subjects with the highest level of experience with violent games were found to have a smaller and delayed response to the violent images. The findings will back up what many have argued over recent years with the growth in games with scenes of graphic violence.

Bruce Bartholow, a psychologist involved in the study told New Scientist: 'As far as I'm aware, this is the first study to show that exposure to violent games has effects on the brain that predict aggressive behaviour.'

Last year’s most violent games, as assessed by the US watchdog Family Media Guide, included:

Resident Evil 4: Player is a special forces agent who is sent to rescue the President’s kidnapped daughter. Images include a woman pinned to a wall by a pitchfork through her face

50 Cent: Bulletproof Loosely based on the gangster lifestyle of the rapper. Player engages in shootouts and loots the bodies of victims to buy 50 Cent recordings and music videos

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Player is a criminal on a mission of murder, theft and destruction. Health is improved by visiting prostitutes, with bonuses for killing them

God of War: A warrior hunts the gods who tricked him into killing his family. Prisoners are burnt alive, victims torn in half


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