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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

The Misleading Link Between Violence and Video Games

When an individual commits a violent act, it is human nature to search for a reason why. In recent years, the usual scapegoat has been video games. This is particularly the case when a young individual commits a shooting. Media figures, like Jack Thompson, often insist there is a link between violent video games and individuals committing violent acts. However recent research and experiments seem to deny this link exists and some research evens points to video games having the opposite effect. This presentation will take an in-depth and critical look at these studies to show how the media has blown the role of video games in violent acts out of proportion.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Howard Thompson (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 106 Edwards
Time: 4 pm Session V