Date of Award
Master of Science
The effect of playing a violent video game on forgiveness was investigated. A transgression context was created in an experimental setting and video game violence was manipulated in two levels (violence or no violence). Subsequent measures of empathy, hostility, and forgiveness were made. No evidence was found of an effect of video game violence on forgiveness or hostility. Empathy was not affected by video game violence. No evidence of a correlation between empathy and forgiveness, or hostility and forgiveness was found. The findings are incongruent with forgiveness theory that posits that empathy predicts forgiveness, and inconclusive as to whether violent video game playing causes a decrease in forgiveness or an increase in hostility. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
William Stone Iii
Stone Iii, William, "Violent video games and forgiveness" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 11255.