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Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention

Editors: Ferguson, Christopher J. (Ed.)

  • Examines ongoing scientific debates and diverging scholarly perspectives with regard to video games and their effects on players 
  • Sets an objective tone that eschews the often-polarizing disputes about video games 
  • Offers a point/counterpoint scholarly exchange on a broad array of video gaming topics 
  • Explores various outcomes of playing video games (e.g., social skills, intelligence, dementia, addiction, violence, and sexism) 
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About this book

This book addresses the ongoing scientific debates regarding video games and their effects on players. The book features opposing perspectives and offers point and counterpoint exchanges in which researchers on both sides of a specific topic make their best case for their findings and analysis.  Chapters cover both positive and negative effects of video games on players’ behavior and cognition, from contributing to violence and alienation to promoting therapeutic outcomes for types of cognitive dysfunction. The contrasting viewpoints model presents respectful scientific debate, encourages open dialogue, and allows readers to come to informed conclusions.

 

Key questions addressed include:

·         Do violent video games promote violence?

·         Does video game addiction exist?

·         Should parents limit children’s use of interactive media?

·         Do action video games promote visual attention?

·         Does sexist content in video games promote misogyny in real life?

·         Can video games slow the progress of dementia?

·         Are video games socially isolating?


Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians and professionals as well as graduate students in developmental psychology, social work, educational policy and politics, criminology/criminal justice, child and school psychology, sociology, media law, and other related disciplines.

About the authors

Christopher J. Ferguson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Stetson University in Deland, FL. He has published dozens of articles related to video game influences on behaviors, including video game violence, addiction issues, and representation of female characters in games. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and received an Early Career Scientist Award from the Media Psychology and Technology Division of the APA. He also publishes fiction, including a novel, Suicide Kings and short stories that are available at his website ChristopherJFerguson.com.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ferguson, Christopher J.

    Pages 1-4

  • Violent Video Games Do Contribute to Aggression

    Scharrer, Erica (et al.)

    Pages 5-21

  • The Infamous Relationship Between Violent Video Game Use and Aggression: Uncharted Moderators and Small Effects Make It a Far Cry from Certain

    Drummond, Aaron (et al.)

    Pages 23-40

  • Making the Case for Video Game Addiction: Does It Exist or Not?

    Pontes, Halley M.

    Pages 41-57

  • Helping Parents Make Sense of Video Game Addiction

    Nielsen, Rune K. L. (et al.)

    Pages 59-69

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95495-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95494-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention
Editors
  • Christopher J. Ferguson
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95495-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95495-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95494-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 203
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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