Jane Barnett has conducted a study of just under 300 gamers between the age of 12 and 83 playing World of Warcraft, and she claims to have found them more relaxed afterward.
She'll be showcasing her findings at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference being held in Dublin.
There were actually higher levels of relaxation before and after playing the game as opposed to experiencing anger but this did very much depend on personality type," said Barnett of Middlesex University.
"This will help us to develop an emotion and gaming questionnaire to help distinguish the type of gamer who is likely to transfer their online aggression into everyday life."
It would be safe to assume then a raving psycho may not be entirely 'subdued' emotionally after a stint in Manhunt, Resident Evil 4 or Assassin's Creed. Still, progress is being made I guess. Isn't it?
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