TV Violence and Emotions Project

L. Rowell Huesmann, Lucyna Kirwil (Warsaw University), Barbara Krahe (Potsdam University)

Funding Agency

German Science Foundation, Polish Science Foundation, University of Michigan

Project Summary

This new project is aimed at investigating the relations between individual differences in emotional reactions to witnessing extreme media violence and individual differences in the propensity to behave aggressively. Experimental data are being collected in the USA, Germany, and Poland on individual differences in emotional reactions (skin conductance and self-report measures) to very violent scenes compared to emotional reactions to humorous or sad scenes. The hypothesis is that relatively reduced emotional reactions to violence scenes is predictive of greater aggression. Data are currently being collected in Germany, Poland, and the USA.