Pixels, HUDs and violence: new study of the psychology of videogames

Posted by pt91 at Apr 20, 2011 02:55 PM |
A University of Leicester Masters student has begun a research project on male videogamers and is looking for participants.
Pixels, HUDs and violence: new study of the psychology of videogames

Purely for illustration: GTA is not necessarily one of the games involved in the study

Forensic Psychology student Archibald Leung’s study involves analysing how men relate to videogames and what feelings they experience whilst playing. Archibald is hoping to find out if there are correlations between sensational interests (i.e. the use of guns, martial arts and the paranormal) and individual performances in games.

There is surprisingly little about the psychology of such games, despite numerous controversies in recent years. Archibald hopes to shed more light on those theories that correlate violent game content to aggression and assess whether there are other determining factors.

His study still requires volunteers, so if you are male and aged 16+ you can take part by e-mailing aal10@le.ac.uk. The procedure will take approximately 30 minutes and will involve completing a questionnaire and playing two games. All participants are welcome to bring their friends along and will have a chance to win a £10 Amazon gift certificate.

Once the data has been analysed a report of the findings is likely to be submitted to a psychological journal for publication. In accordance with the British Psychological Society, all personal information will be kept strictly confidential.

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