What role does media violence play in mass shootings…and…could watching left-leaning movies make you liberal? Show Notes

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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What factors in a teen’s environment could contribute to mass shootings?

According to the National Science Foundation, the answer is a combination of three things: access to guns, exposure to media violence, and mental health.

The Foundation published its findings in an extensive report, entitled "Youth Violence: What We Need to Know."

With regard to media violence, a comprehensive review of studies done around the world found that violent video games increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, heart rate, blood pressure, and aggressive behavior.

Violent video games decrease feelings of empathy for the real-life suffering of other people.

And violent media exposure is also significantly linked to violent behavior, such as punching, beating, and choking others.

And could watching left-leaning movies make you more liberal?  

A new study from the University of Notre Dame shows that watching sentimental, left-leaning films can push some viewers in a more liberal direction.

The researchers, led by Dr. Todd Adkins, surveyed 268 students about their political views. Then they showed them one of several films with leftward political leanings and surveyed the students again.

They found that movies “possess the ability to change attitudes on issues that are unframed by the media."

Dr. Adkins points out that moviegoers who don’t think critically about the films they watch are most likely to be influenced.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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