publication . Other literature type . Article . 2010

Effects of prosocial video games on prosocial behavior.

Tobias Greitemeyer; Silvia Osswald;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Abstract
Previous research has documented that playing violent video games has various negative effects on social behavior in that it causes an increase in aggressive behavior and a decrease in prosocial behavior. In contrast, there has been much less evidence on the effects of prosocial video games. In the present research, 4 experiments examined the hypothesis that playing a prosocial (relative to a neutral) video game increases helping behavior. In fact, participants who had played a prosocial video game were more likely to help after a mishap, were more willing (and devoted more time) to assist in further experiments, and intervened more often in a harassment situati...
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_PERSONALCOMPUTING
free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Social Psychology, Harassment, Social relation, Helping behavior, Cognition, Prosocial behavior, Developmental psychology, Social perception, Priming (psychology), Social cognition, Psychology
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