Emotion recognition and inhibitory control in adolescent players of violent video games

Ewa Miedzobrodzka*, Elly Konijn, Lydia Krabbendam

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Developmental changes during adolescence may make youth susceptible to violent media effects. Two studies with male adolescents (N1 = 241; N2 = 161; aged 12–17) examined how habitual and short-term violent video gaming may affect emotion recognition and inhibitory control. We found that not habitual exposure to violent video games, but to antisocial media content predicted worse emotion recognition. Furthermore, higher habitual exposure to violent games predicted better inhibitory control over emotional stimuli in a stop signal task. However, short-term causal effects of violent gameplay on adolescents were not found. While these results do not indicate a negative impact of violent video games on young players, future research may further investigate possible effects of antisocial media content on adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1404-1420
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number4
Early online date16 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • violent video games
  • emotion recognition
  • inhibitory control
  • adolescents


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