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Study pinpoints personalities affected by violent games

While most gamers are unaffected by violent video games, a study conducted at Villanova University claims to have discovered the personality traits of players who are negatively influenced by mature content.

Patrick M. Markey, Ph.D. an associate professor of psychology at Villanova University and Charlotte N. Markey, Ph.D. an associate professor at Rutgers University recently collaborated on a study entitled "Vulnerability to Violent Video Games: A Review and Integration of Personality Research." Using the Five-Factor Model (which measures degrees of openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism), the duo studied the traits affected by violent video games and discovered the combination inherent in the players most likely to become hostile after playing.

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