Violent Video Games Not Linked to Aggression in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Fran Webber
News Source: 
MU News Bureau
Departments: 
Psychological Sciences

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Following the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated a link existed between autism spectrum disorder and violence and, in particular, that violent video games may cause gamers with autism to act violently. Now, a study from the University of Missourihas found evidence to contradict this speculation. It is the first study to test the effects of violent video games on aggression in adults with autism spectrum disorder.

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