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Author: Murray, John P.
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Year: 2001
Article Title: TV violence and brainmapping in children
Journal: Psychiatric Times
Volume: 18
Issue: 10
Pages: 70 - 71
ISBN/ISSN: 0893-2905
Source of Funding: Funding Source Not Stated in Paper
Study Design: Experimental Study
Publication Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Adolescence (13-17 yrs), Childhood (birth-12 yrs), School Age (6-12 yrs)
Abstract: This report summarizes preliminary findings in a study examining the brain's processing of violence as television is viewed. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to look at each child's brain throughout 18 minutes of varied clips of TV. One of the segments watched by all the children featured a violent boxing scene, another showed animals playing, one was taken from a children's literacy program, and two others consisted of merely an "X" on the screen. Regardless of the type of show, children's visual and auditory processing regions in the brain were activated as they viewed the TV segments. However, in the case of the violent scenes, brain regions associated with "arousal/attention, detection of threat, episodic memory encoding and retrieval, and motor programming" were activated. Such scenes were thus likely to be processed in a more emotional way and stored in long-term memory. In further research the investigators intend to examine how the brain may process violence differently for children who are survivors of abuse or who have a history of displaying aggression toward others. Center on Media and Child Health
Keywords: Aggression
Motion Pictures
Physiological Response
Social Learning



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