Originally Posted by Urufu_Shinjiro
The problem is you cannot associate a similarity in the chemical reaction in the brain with the real thing. As far as your brain and eyes go they see a hologram the same as a real object. The difference is you KNOW the thing you are looking at is a hologram. I guarentee you that if you studied someones brain while watching a scary movie their brain will show real fear. And the study showed aggressive part of the brain, not violence, ofcoarse you're going to be aggressive when you are playing a shooter, thats the whole point. You're aggressive and violent when playing football in a game or real life, is that dangerouse?
I'm not suggesting that playing violent games makes people commit violent acts...I thought I was clear about that. The fact that an act is virtual vs. "real" is a second input into our response to the stimulus. There are countless more...are you tired? Hungry? Is it hot? All of these variable parameters are factored into our response to violent stimuli, or any stimuli for that matter.
But the constant "lighting up" of that specific area of the brain also must have a long term impact. If our brain repeatedly takes one response to violent stimuli, i.e. filing it as "no big deal" because it's only a game; then one might expect that to become the "path of least resistance" in the brain when that area lights up, with other inputs given less credence. It seems to be that this is the entire concept of "desensitizing" to violence, which it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see is a cultural fact over the last few decades.
I'm not claiming to be an expert in psychotherapy by the way, these are just my musings. I think they make sense, but they could just as easily be a load of manure.