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)


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.