Participants (N = 73) in the present research were assigned to play a violent videogame (Super Smash Brothers) with either a supportive or an ambivalent friend. Orthogonal to this manipulation, participants were assigned to play the game either competitively or cooperatively. Subsequent aggression toward their friend was assessed by measuring participants' competitive or cooperative behavior in a Prisoner's Dilemma game. Results revealed no differences in aggression as a function of friendship type or game strategy, although means were in predicted directions. The influence of context on exposure to violent media is discussed, as are issues of power and sample type as possible reasons for the nonsignificant findings.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rogers, Jonathan Charles Edwin, "Videogames and Friendships: Contextual Factors That Influence the Willingness to Aggress Following the Playing of a Violent Videogame" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 2805.
videogame, prisoner's dilemma, aggression