Posted by: Jared Seay | June 19, 2009

Some Video Games Influence Good Behavior in Children

From the Examiner.Com

Media members and legislators often portray video games as bad influences on children’s behavior, but new research concludes that some video games influence good behavior, specifically the desire to help other people.   This is good news for educators, parents, and children who use video games for learning and entertainment.

In the June 2009 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a consortium of researchers from the U.S., Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia reported a positive correlation between playing “prosocial” video games and the likelihood of helping other people over harming them.  According to the researchers, prosocial games “involve characters who help and support each other in nonviolent ways.”  Report co-author Brad Bushman said, “The type of content in the game has a bigger impact than the overall amount of time spent playing.”

Read the rest of the article in The Examiner.Com


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