Anderson, C. A., & Prot, S. (2011). Effects of playing violent video games. In M. Paludi (Ed.) , The psychology of teen violence and victimization, Vols 1 and 2: From bullying to cyberstalking to assault and sexual violation; Prevention strategies for families and schools (pp. 41-70). Santa Barbara, CA US: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.
(from the chapter) Video games are extremely popular among children, teens, and adults. Ten years ago, over 85% of games contained some violence, and about half included serious violent actions. This chapter describes a theoretical framework for understanding effects of playing violent video games, gives a short explanation of research designs and scientific causality, and then describes the current knowledge of violent video game effects. Effects of violent video games on aggression and related variables are described in detail. Effects of violent video games on prosocial behavior are briefly described, as are effects of video games on attention and cognitive control, school performance, and video game addiction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)