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)
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...
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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