Term of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

William D. McIntosh

Committee Member 1

Karen Naufel

Committee Member 2

Michael Nielsen

Committee Member 3



This study tested the hypothesis that lifetime media violence consumption, recent media violence consumption, and exposure to a violent video clip would increase physiological pain tolerance. Participants were asked to self-report their lifetime and recent media consumption and were then exposed to a violent or non-violent video clip. Results revealed that lifetime media violence consumption as well as exposure to a violent video significantly increased pain tolerance. Implications are discussed.

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