More Evidence About The Link Between Morality And Reading Fiction

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A while back I posted a link to an article that showed evidence that we adopt the moral stance of the people we read in fiction. There’s another experiment that gives further evidence for that phenomenon, except with video games: Effects of a violent video game depend on whether you’re Superman or the Joker

Christian Happ and his colleagues recruited 60 students (20 men) with varied video gaming experience and had them spend 15 minutes playing the violent and bloody beat-em-up game Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe on the Playstation 3. Some of the participants played the morally good character Superman, while the others played the Joker, the baddie from Batman. Apart from that, the game experience was the same for all participants – their time was spent in hand-to-hand combat against a variety of other computer-controlled game characters.

Another twist to the experiment was that before the game…

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