Cyber-dehumanization: violent video game play diminishes our humanity

Bastian, Brock, Jetten, Jolanda and Radke, Helena R. M. (2012) Cyber-dehumanization: violent video game play diminishes our humanity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48 2: 486-491. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.10.009

Author Bastian, Brock
Jetten, Jolanda
Radke, Helena R. M.
Title Cyber-dehumanization: violent video game play diminishes our humanity
Journal name Journal of Experimental Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1031
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.10.009
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 486
End page 491
Total pages 6
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Across two studies we show that engaging in violent video game play diminishes perceptions of our own human qualities. In addition, when other players are the targets of this violence it reduces our perceptions of their humanity also. In Study 1, we demonstrate that playing Mortal Kombat against another player reduces the perceived humanity of the self as well as the humanity of one's opponent (compared to playing a non-violent game). In Study 2 we replicate this effect on perceived humanity of the self when playing a violent game with a co-player. However, we find no dehumanization of co-players who are not the targets of violence. We demonstrate these effects cannot be reduced to mood, self-esteem, gender, or other characteristics of the game such as excitement and enjoyment. The findings provide a broader perspective from which to view previous work on the adverse effects of violent video games
Keyword Dehumanization
Video game
Self perception
Aggressive Behavior
Prosocial Behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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