Watching violent TV or video games may promote more aggressive behavior in teens – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Research shows that exposure to aggressive media results in a blunting of emotional responses, and may increase the likelihood that aggression is seen as acceptable behavior. Dr. Jordan Grafman, at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, conducted a study with teenage boys.
Grafman: So those teenage boys who experienced more aggression or violence say in their neighborhoods, at home, watch more movies, play more video games that involve violence, they’re the ones that showed the most desensitization.
Narrator: Dr. Grafman adds that those who show more rapid desensitization to violent pictures are going to be more accepting of violence. For details on this research, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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