Think you’re immune to video-game violence? Think again

first_imgUSA Today:Wonder what could be so enticing that people globally spend 3 billion hours every week doing it?Try video games, that great electronic escape where virtual characters take over the story lines and real-world problems feel far away. As popularity of these games continues to grow, scientists are examining what compels people to invest so much time in fictitious worlds — and whether outcomes of these games have any relevance to reality.Some studies suggest that playing electronic games provides a form of stress relief; other research cites the social aspect of gaming with friends as a major benefit. And a recent study by Andrew Przybylski, a researcher at the University of Essex in England, finds that a least part of the attraction is the chance to explore aspects of our “ideal selves” in a make-believe world without consequences.…“We just finished a major review of studies, looking at 381 effects of violent video games in over 130,000 people,” says Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University. “We found that violent video games unmistakably raised levels of aggression and heart rate, and decreased feelings of compassion toward others.”Adding to the concern over violent games: A study in the Feb. 4 issue of the journal Psychological Science found a correlation between the type of character people chose to play and their behavior immediately following the session. Assuming the role of a virtual villain, for instance, prompted players to treat people in negative ways after the game concluded, according to study co-author Patrick Vargas, a professor of psychology at University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Meanwhile, those who played the virtual hero acted more generously toward others in a post-game setting.Read the whole story: USA Today More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Hundreds sign immigration legal aid petition

first_imgCampaigners are hoping to force the government to respond to a petition calling for legal aid to be extended to people forced to prove their immigration status in the UK.The petition, created by Anna McMorrin, Labour MP for Cardiff North, has attracted more than 400 signatures so far. The government must respond if 10,000 people sign. The petition states: ‘The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 saw immigration being taken “out of scope” for legal aid from [April 2013]. This has affected people forced to prove their immigration status in the UK, despite living here lawfully, including the Windrush era and their families.’This petition calls on the government to make legal aid available to all applicants who are now forced to prove their immigration status in the UK and to help them secure confirmation of their entitlement to British citizenship.’McMorrin told the Gazette that people are afraid to come forward ‘because when they do, there is no help or support to prove their immigration status in the UK, despite living here lawfully. They tell us that they are living in fear, petrified of being sent to a country that they don’t know’.She added: ‘The government cannot undo the trauma, pain, and suffering that has already been caused, but together we can ensure people can access the legal aid, support, dignity, justice and compensation that they deserve as British citizens.’The Windrush scandal has prompted renewed calls for the government to restore immigration legal aid.Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said that ‘if the government now wants to show it is serious about ending this “hostile environment” then one simple step would be to immediately return legal aid for all immigration law advice’.Meanwhile Leigh Day is preparing a potential group action against the government on behalf of the ‘Windrush generation’ over the effects of the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy.last_img read more

PM Browne blasts large countries for climate change

first_imgNewsPoliticsRegional PM Browne blasts large countries for climate change by: – May 31, 2018 Share Tweet 19 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (Antigua Observer) Prime Minister Gaston Browne is once again levelling strong criticism against larger countries for the role that they have played in climate change and for their de-risking practices which he said are threatening the Caribbean, and he is calling upon leaders to hold larger nations accountable.Browne, who was speaking at the opening of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 48th annual meeting of the board of governors in Grenada yesterday, said, “Hurricanes Irma and Maria also demonstrate the need for those who are responsible for climate change to take responsibility for the devastation they cause and to better respond, with real time and adequate financing, to address the crisis they create.”He said governments should “never retreat” from blasting these sentiments on the world’s stage because the “very existence” of the region hangs in the balance.Browne admonished the gathering that the best route to increasing the resilience of the region is through further tightening of the union among the countries.Meanwhile, Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, cautioned that disasters and other hazards associated with climate change are creating a new normal in the region that will require a change in how governments approach development.“Adjusting to the new normal requires comprehensive and coordinated efforts to mainstream climate change considerations in development planning,” said Mitchell, who is also the director of the CDB’s Board of Directors. “In practice, this will require a shift in focus from sustainable development to climate-smart sustainable development.”Prime Minister Browne is also chiding larger countries for harmful de-risking practices, accusing them of stifling regional economies.“They deny us the right to compete in financial services, particularly in differentiated taxation to attract investments,” Browne added.He said these countries have also sought to deny nations in the region the right to operate “well regulated” investor-immigration programmes, gaming and offshore banking industries under the guise that these ventures are harmful to their jurisdictions.“The reality is that their policies are harmful to us and evidently designed to keep us in economic dependency,” he lamented. “The question is, what is next? They may soon resolve that our very existence is harmful to them.”The PM said that resisting these “deceptive acts of economic aggression against our respective countries” is another reason that Caribbean countries should strengthen their union.last_img read more

Former Arsenal and Liverpool star becomes Billericay’s latest big-name signing

first_img Jermaine Pennant Jermaine Pennant is the latest former Premier League player to join big-spending non-league club Billericay Town.The former Arsenal, Liverpool and Stoke winger has been without a club since leaving League One Bury at the end of last season and has joined the Isthmian Premier Division side, along with former Wolves defender Kevin Foley and West Ham youth product Leo Chambers.The trio join former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara and West Ham and Fulham defender Paul Konchesky at the Essex club.The deals were announced by owner Glenn Tamplin – a businessman who is hoping to take the club up three tiers to the Football League.He said on Twitter: “BTFC big guns signed tonight Jermaine Pennant Kevin Foley Leo Chambers 3 premiership players now BTFC Players What a season this will be.” 1last_img read more

West Brom run riot against Swansea to overtake Leeds at top of Championship

first_img Ally McCoist’s bizarre story about Duncan Ferguson, a game of cards and a homing pigeon called ‘Coisty’Livermore won the ball following a Swansea throw-in and fed Pereira, who threaded Robson-Kanu through to race clear before calmly drawing Woodman and sidefooting into bottom corner of the net.Swansea had a let-off just before the hour when Pereira’s cross was diverted goalwards by Kyle Naughton, forcing Woodman to parry.Pereira was the architect again as Phillips made it 4-1 in the 70th minute.The on-loan Sporting Lisbon playmaker robbed Matt Grimes easily and crossed to Phillips, who beat Woodman with a sensational diving header.Four minutes later Edwards grabbed Albion’s fifth goal. The substitute cut inside Connor Roberts before smashing the ball home after Pereira touched on Livermore’s cross. West Brom threatened again when Grady Diangana skipped past a challenge and lifted a shot over the bar.It was 2-0 in the 34th minute. Pereira’s first-time left-footed shot from 12 yards beat Woodman at his near post after Diangana sent Kieran Gibbs racing away on the overlap and he cut the ball back from the left. It was the Brazilian’s fifth goal of the season.Swansea pulled one back five minutes later. Peterson’s inswinging corner was left by Johnstone and the grounded Surridge stabbed home at the second attempt at the far post after Bartley had blocked his first effort for his sixth goal of the campaign.West Brom restored their two-goal cushion a minute before the break after exploiting some sloppy defending. rookie error West Brom returned to the top of the Championship with a superb 5-1 defeat of Swansea at the Hawthorns.Goals from Semi Ajayi, Matheus Pereira, Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards gave West Brom their biggest win of the season and ended the only unbeaten away record in the division.Pereira had a hand in all five goals as Albion made it six straight wins, 10 games unbeaten and extended their unbeaten home streak to 16 matches.Sam Surridge pulled one back to make it 2-1 but once Albion were ahead, the outcome was never in doubt. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Getty Images – Getty statement Unchanged Swansea threatened when Kristoffer Peterson’s header deflected over the bar off Nathan Ferguson, then Sam Johnstone had to tip over Surridge’s angled volley and George Byers’ resulting corner.It was not long before West Brom began to exert some control on the game however and Jake Livermore’s rising 30-yard drive was tipped over by goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in the 20th minute.Kyle Bartley was desperately close to giving the Baggies the lead when his header from point-blank range fell straight at Woodman, who smothered at the second attempt.Bartley was involved again as West Brom took the lead in the 25th minute.The former Swansea centre-back headed Pereira’s inswinging corner back into the danger area for fellow defender Ajayi to nod home. 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