Media violence in television, film, video games, and music has been linked to increased aggression. Only in recent years have researchers begun to investigate the impact that reading violent literature can have on individuals. The present study exposed individuals to either a violent or nonviolent story and measured aggressive cognitions. No significant effect was found for story type on aggressive cognitions but a gender effect for aggressive word completions was found. Discussion centers on possible differences between media types as well as future suggestions for investigations into violent literature.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Stevens, McKay Robert, "The Forgotten Medium: The Impact of Reading Violent Literature on Aggressive Thoughts" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 3741.
aggression, books, literature, media, cognition