Study Suggests Violent Cutscenes May 'Blunt' Teen Reaction To Aggression

Repeated viewing of violent scenes in films, television or video games may blunt response to aggression in teenage boys, new U.S. research suggests.

A National Institutes of Health study, published in the journal Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, involved showing 60 violent scenes pulled from a variety of visual media to 22 boys aged 14 to 17. The study found that the violent clips appeared to blunt brain responses to the on-screen violence.

"The implications of this include the idea that continued exposure to violent videos will make an adolescent less sensitive to violence, more accepting of violence, and more likely to commit aggressive acts since the emotional component associated with aggression is reduced and normally acts as a brake on aggressive

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