Violent games can stick with kids, Iowa State University study suggests

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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 am

Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers.

The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and lead author of a report on the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, said it is really no different from learning math or how to play the piano. “If you practice over and over, you have that knowledge in your head. The fact that you haven't played the piano in years doesn't mean you can't still sit down and play something,” Gentile said.

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