Last week we ran a popular interview
with Aussie PhD candidate, Morgan Tear, on the public release of a paper
tracking experiments he conducted with his supervisor, Dr. Mark Nielsen, of the University of Queensland, on the study of violent video games and their effect on players. The study aimed to "Demonstrate That Playing Violent Video Games Diminishes Prosocial Behavior", however, they failed to demonstrate this in any form.
The new study has picked up the discussion of violence in video games, with Morgan being talked to by various mainstream and specialist media outlets locally and abroad, but in an effort to be more transparent and even help punters interested in the topic understand more about the study and experiment process, as well as findings already out in the wide world, he's offering you a chance to ask any burning questions you might have ahead of a podcast appearance he has scheduled for early next week with Psycho-Babble
Here's the official piece from Morgan:
My name is Morgan Tear, and I'm the lead author on a recent paper about violent video games, discussed here on AusGamers and given a write-up at Time Online.
I have been invited to discuss video games and behaviour on the psychology podcast Psychobabble. Since the literature on video games is easily accessible to the general public but frustratingly cryptic at the same time, we thought the topic might lend itself to a Q&A from gamer's themselves. So we are gathering questions from people interested in video games for us to research and hopefully provide some insight (or even closure) on a number of issues that need clarification.
So with this in mind, do the AusGamers members have any questions about the video games and psychology, or the research on video games in general (eg are they really addictive? Do they change the way we think about ourselves)? Are there any myths you want us to speak about? We're looking to record the episode on Monday or Tuesday so we'll probably start selecting questions over the weekend. Shoot!
With that in mind, we encourage you to submit any questions you might have via the Comments section below, but would also please like you to stay on-topic and be constructive in what you ask.