Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Douglas Gentile

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-2176

Copyright Owner

William Stone Iii

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

50 pages

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Psychology Commons

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