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What They Play: The Latest Word on Violent Video Games

The American Psychology Association has released a special issue of its “Review of General Psychology” called “Video Games: Old Fears and New Directions,” which features new research on violent videogames and their impact on children. According to guest editor Christopher J. Ferguson, an expert in violence and videogames and an associate professor at Texas A&M International University’s Department of Behavioral Sciences, there is no conclusive research that violent videogames cause violence in kids. In addition, the majority of the small group studies that have been done around the globe have focused on college students rather than children. Beyond that, Ferguson said most researchers fail to clearly define what is considered a violent videogame in the first place.

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