Desensitization to Media Violence Over a Short Period of Time

Fanti, Kostas A., Vanman, Eric, Henrich, Christopher C. and Avraamides, Marios N. (2009) Desensitization to Media Violence Over a Short Period of Time. Aggressive Behavior, 35 2: 179-187. doi:10.1002/ab.20295

Author Fanti, Kostas A.
Vanman, Eric
Henrich, Christopher C.
Avraamides, Marios N.
Title Desensitization to Media Violence Over a Short Period of Time
Journal name Aggressive Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-140X
Publication date 2009-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ab.20295
Volume 35
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 187
Total pages 9
Editor L Rowell Huesmann
Place of publication United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
1701 Psychology
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract This study investigated the desensitization to violence over a short period of time. Participants watched nine violent movie scenes and nine comedy scenes, and reported whether they enjoyed the violent or comedy scenes and whether they felt sympathetic toward the victim of violence. Using latent growth modeling, analyses were carried out to investigate how participants responded to the different scenes across time. The findings of this study suggested that repeated exposure to media violence reduces the psychological impact of media violence in the short term, therefore desensitizing viewers to media violence. As a result, viewers tended to feel less sympathetic toward the victims of violence and actually enjoy more the violence portrayed in the media. Additionally, desensitization to media violence was better represented by a curvilinear pattern, whereas desensitization to comedy scenes was better represented by a linear pattern. Finally, trait aggression was not related to the pattern of change over time, although significant effects were found for initial reports of enjoyment and sympathy.
Keyword media violence
victim of violence
latent growth modeling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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