New research finds that violent games can ease pain by 65%

By Dave Cook, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 09:49 GMT

A new study conducted by UK’s Keele University has found that exposure to violent video games can help reduce pain in individuals by as much as 65%, the Daily Mail reports.

The newspaper report explains that 40 participants were asked to play a violent game – it’s not clear which one – and then a non-violent title for ten minutes apiece and to then douse their hands in cold water after each session.

Participants found that they could keep their hands in the water for 65% longer after playing the violent game, than after playing the non-violent one. The test is similar to another carried out by the same university, that tested the impact of swearing on the human pain threshfold.

What does that prove? Dr Richard Stephens explained, “The results confirm our predictions that playing the video game increased both feelings of aggression and pain tolerance. We assumed that swearing eases pain by sparking an emotional reaction in participants – most likely to be aggression – in turn setting off the body’s fight or flight response.”

Stephens added, “We then tested the effect on pain tolerance. The results confirm our predictions that playing the video game increased both feelings of aggression and pain tolerance”.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2199355/Violent-games-GOOD-They-increase-tolerance-pain-65.html#ixzz269K4tDS1

What’s your thought on this test? Does it have any value or is it pointless?

Thanks CVG.

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