The February 2014 issue of the newsletter of the American Psychological Association newsletter (“Monitor on Psychology”) contains research findings on the effects of violence in video games. This is especially relevant because, until recently, the American Psychological Association was a proponent of the adverse effects of computer games. In general, the article is pretty positive for games, noting the violent video games can be as effective as academic courses in teaching spatial skills, that playing role-playing games is associated with increased problem solving skills and school grades, and that games like Angry Birds can improve mood and reduce anxiety. It also highlights that social isolation and status as a “gamer” are not synonymous, contrary to stereotypes.
Read the short article at http://www.apamonitor-digital.org/apamonitor/201402/#pg13
With many thanks to Richard Landers for posting this news on the Gamesnetwork mailing list.