Life and violence

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Do video games produce violence? Analysis of the videos and my personal point of view.

First, I’d like to analyze the first video “Empathy in adolescence: can adolescents feel for others?”

This clip demonstrates an experiment at Harvard Medical School into whether adolescents can recognize the emotions expressed by others while the adolescents are vie.

A crucial difference between how teens and adults think was recently pinpointed in an extraordinary experiment carried out by scientists at the Harvard Medical School.

They focused on emotion and discovered something teenagers cannot do. What do you think these people are feeling? Adults know exactly what these rather odd faces are saying. But do teenagers?

Patrick is sixteen. He’s being tucked up inside a brain scanner. While he’s in there, he’s going to look at the fear faces, while the research team looks at his brain.

– Patrick, how are you doing?

– Good.

– Patrick, I’m going to ask you about those faces that you just saw.

– Tell me about that first group of faces.

– Uh, they were angry.

– And how about the second group of faces?

– They are more surprised and the last one was, like, real angry.

– Excellent job.

Talk between researchers:

– Did you pick that up?

– It was interesting that he said angry.

Inside the scanner, Patrick thought all the faces were angry or sad. He didn’t recognize a single expression as fear, he was not alone. Three quarters of the teenagers the team examined did not see that the faces were scared which can only mean one thing.

Teenagers do not recognize other people’s emotions most of the time.

– He actually said angry, and didn’t accurately identify any of the faces.

– He named the second group as sad. He never once said fear.

– We used to think that by early adolescence, because teens looked very adult, they were physically very mature-appearing, that probably their brains were also fully mature.

– It turns out that the brains of teens are not fully mature.

So what happens when they look at the fear faces? Their emotional centers in the middle of the brain light up. But one vital part of the brain hardly responds at all: the region at the very front.

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