Where is the facilitation of media violence

The effects of nonexposure and placement of anger arousal

Edward I Donnerstein, Marcia Donnerstein, Gary Barrett

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Abstract

The present study examined the conditions under which media violence would "facilitate" aggression in angered individuals. It was noted that previous research has lacked support for facilitation due to improper control groups. It was predicted, based upon evidence that aggressive and neutral films are capable of both arousing a subject and shifting his attention away from previous anger instigation (attentional shift), that only under a condition where an aggressive film is viewed prior to anger arousal will increased aggression occur if compared to a no-film control. It was found that when subjects were angered prior to film exposure, netural films reduced aggression, with aggressive films not differing from a no-film control. Under subsequent anger arousal, however, there was a facilitation for aggressive film exposure. The implication of this, and other recent media violence studies, for past and future research in the area of media violence and aggression is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-398
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes

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Where is the facilitation of media violence : The effects of nonexposure and placement of anger arousal. / Donnerstein, Edward I; Donnerstein, Marcia; Barrett, Gary.

In: Journal of Research in Personality, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1976, p. 386-398.

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