APA reaffirms stance on video games and violent behaviour

first_imgAPA reaffirms stance on video games and violent behaviour”Attributing violence to video gaming is not scientifically sound and draws attention away from other factors,” says APA president Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterThursday 5th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe American Psychological Association has said that attributing violent behaviour to video games is “not scientifically sound,” and draws attention away from other contributing factors. The comments follow a review of the APA’s August 2015 resolution on the link between violent video games and violent behaviour, which “members of the media or policymakers have cited… as evidence that violent video games are the cause of violent behavior, including mass shootings.”As a result, the APA has reaffirmed its position that there is no causal link between violent video games and violent behaviour.It also stated that the updated resolution “should not be misinterpreted or misused by attributing violence, such as mass shootings, to violent video game use.”While the current literature supports a small, reliable association between video games and “aggressive outcomes, such as yelling and pushing,” the research does not find a conclusive link with more violent behaviour. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Suggestions that violent video games are contributing factors to mass shootings date back to the Columbine massacre in 1999; despite the body of evidence against such a link, media and policy makers have repeatedly pointed the finger at video games in the year since. “Violence is a complex social problem that likely stems from many factors that warrant attention from researchers, policymakers and the public,” said APA president Sandra Shullman. “Attributing violence to video gaming is not scientifically sound and draws attention away from other factors, such as a history of violence, which we know from the research is a major predictor of future violence.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesGearbox, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple oppose Texas anti-trans lawBorderlands developer even suggests it would expand out of the state if law is passedBy James Batchelor 20 days agoGerman legal reform to set new standards for loot boxesBundestag passes youth protection law that would require clear descriptors for games featuring loot boxesBy Matthew Handrahan 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInUpdate:MISSING CASTLE DOUGLAS TEENAGER FOUNDMissing 15 year old girl Alex Robson from Castle Douglas has been traced safe and well by Police.Thank you to all who assisted.Castle Douglas Police are concerned for missing 15 year old Alexandra Robson (Alex). Alex was last seen at 0810 hours this morning Friday the 30th of September 2016. She may be in the area of Carlisle or Newcastleton in the Borders. Any information phone 101 please.last_img read more

Harper Seeks Planning Rules Relaxation for Defibrillators

first_img“Many communities will have been able to install PADs without needing planning permission at all, but I have been contacted by others who found that their preferred location was considered to require planning permission because it changed the appearance of the building. “The Scottish Government is reviewing the planning system and permitted development rights at the moment so I have asked for the issue of Public Access Defibrillators to be included with a view to making it simpler and easier for communities to install a PAD in their preferred location without having to worry about planning permission.” “It is important to protect the built environment from inappropriate development and certainly outdoors PAD cabinets have to be brightly coloured so that people know they are there, but I do not think that anyone could object to more defibrillators being available, particularly in our remoter communities. At present PADs are not covered by permitted development rights, which means that the installation of a PAD may require planning permission depending on the circumstances, location and type of building. However, if permitted development rights were to be extended to include PADs this would remove the need to seek planning permission.Emma said:“Increasing the number of Publicly Accessible Defibrillators is an important measure in improving how we deal with out of hospital cardiac arrests effectively. While they will not be effective in every situation, defibrillators can make a massive difference and be literally lifesaving, and they are simple and easy to use. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Dumfries and Galloway MSP Emma Harper is calling on the Scottish Government to relax planning rules governing the installation of Publicly Accessible Defibrillators (PADs) in Scotland to make it easier for communities to install the potentially life-saving equipment.last_img read more