Opinions and Culture

Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Personality and Video Game Violence

Dr. Patrick Markey director of the Interpersonal Lab at Villanova University is interviewed. He has examined how personality can be a predictor of aggression resulting from gaming. He talks about three personality traits that are particularly likely to predict negative outcomes of violent video game play. You’ll learn what these are as well as how does situation affect aggressive modeling after gaming? In other words, what are the effects of family and peers? In addition to effects of personality on aggression, we also chat about some of his other work on media and interpersonal behaviour. You’ll learn about the unique personalities of cheaters and if that cluster applies to cheating in games. Finally, the tech bubble, that many of us find ourselves in, is discussed in terms of gaming. Are gamers alone as they sit with others or are they truly “with others” but online?