Gamers wanted for research study

Last updated 05:00 21/03/2014

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A university student is on the hunt for teenagers who play video games.

Sam Payne is a masters student at Massey University and wants to find out if there is a link between video games, aggressive behaviour and moral decision-making in teens.

He's looking for 40 teenagers aged 13 to 14 to help with his research.

"Video games these days are big sellers - and almost trade on their shock value. I want to find out if violence enacted against people in a virtual environment has any additional effect on the player of the game."

Mr Payne's supervisor, School of Psychology lecturer Dr Peter Cannon, says the study could provide valuable insights into teens' brains.

"Mr Payne's research is valuable because we know that lots of teenagers regularly play violent video games, but we don't fully understand the effects that these games have on their aggression and moral decision-making."

Participants need to have a good understanding of English and will need to put aside 40 minutes to come to the Albany campus with a parent or guardian.

They will play a video game while having their facial muscle activity recorded and undergo a couple of tests involving moral decision-making.

All the data and information provided will remain confidential and anonymous, and all participants will receive a free movie ticket for their time.

Email sampaynepayne@ for more information on the study.

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