University of Queensland study claims that ‘violent games kill empathy’

A study performed by Queensland University’s School of Psychology is claiming there is a causal link between violent videogames and a diminished capacity for empathy.


144 people participated in the study, with research fellow Brock Bastian concluding that “Participants rated the themselves as being significantly dehumanised after playing Mortal Kombat…I imagine after prolonged and repeated use of these games, people would start to see themselves as a less caring, feeling person”.