Saturday, February 9, 2013

Psychology experts indicate that watching a lot of violence on television can lead to observational learning of aggressive behavior. How can strategies for critical viewing limit this influence?

     My understanding is that violence on television affects certain groups on an emotional as opposed to an intellectual level. It can influence aggressive behavior in a few people, and most of these will be children and adolescents who are still developing, people with low impulse control, and those who already have some predisposition to violence. 
     One strategy for critical viewing when watching violent television shows would be to keep fantasy and reality separate in one's mind. When watching a character on television resolve a problem with violence, think about what the real life ramifications would be for the violence and how likely such an act would have been to solve the problem.      

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