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A Need for Speed? Video Games and Risky Driving

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm

People who play driving-based video games are more likely to drive aggressively in real life, according to research in the March issue of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.  

The survey component of the study showed that people who frequently played popular racing games like Burnout and Midnight Racer were more likely to have a record of competitive driving and car accidents.  The experimental components of the study showed that people who played a racing game were more likely to take risks afterward than people who played a neutral game. 

This study has interesting implications given that many school-age and adolescent boys play these racing games previous to getting a license. 

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