Violent song lyrics may lead to violent behavior

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Violent song lyrics increase negative emotions and thoughts that can lead to aggression, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 84, No. 5).

The study challenges the ancient Greek “catharsis hypothesis” that claims that expressing aggressive emotion will later decrease aggressive behavior. Instead, researchers from Iowa State University and the Texas Department of Human Services found that aggressive music lyrics increase aggressive thoughts and feelings, which might perpetuate aggressive behavior and have long-term effects, such as influencing listeners’ perceptions of society and contributing to the development of aggressive personalities.

“This [study]provides the first clean demonstration of violent lyric effects,” says lead author Craig Anderson, PhD, of Iowa State University.

In five experiments, Anderson and his colleagues asked more than 500 college students to listen to such violent songs as “Shoot ‘Em Up” by Cypress Hill and “Hit ‘Em Hard” by Run DMC, and such nonviolent songs as “Finger Lickin’ Good” by the Beastie Boys and “Love vs. Loneliness” by the Suicidal Tendencies. Researchers also included the lyrics of humorous violent and nonviolent songs like “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash and “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh” by Allan Sherman.

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  1. Peter D. Slaughter on

    So am I the only one who is responding to this ? Does it take some special study to come to this conclusion.
    How about we look at the body count in chicago,ohio, mich,oklahoma,D.C., LA as far how many black males killed or locked up.
    Don’t need a special study for numbers like that at all.
    Myself, I see them as genocide,population control,eugenics type numbers for sure

    • Uneducated BM are chronically addicted to all the ills this evil society has to offer. Just like crack heads are hooked on crack rocks, BM are addicted to destructive Rap music that emphasize Sex, Violence, Incarceration and Money, it is causing their demise and they don’t even know it. Simple minded BM will continue to choose going to prison at an alarming rate rather than give up their beloved Gangster Rap.

  2. Notice their not singing /rapping about the liberation of black people ,love, family,joy,sadness or hope. Nor do they seek to “fight the power”.

  3. Nina Simone on

    Well tell it all. I conclude that Satanic (BAal), Hard/Punk Rock, kkklan music, and Heavy Metal leads to lynchings, rapes of boys and girls, church burnings, and other ungodly acts of reproductive insecurity.

  4. Still Sleep? (Violent Lyrics DO lead to violent behavior) When you decide to change your children’s internal mental state the jails “WILL” continue to be filled with your children.And as long as we fill the prison system. Someone’s will buy that multi million dollar mansions, Bentley, go to global vacation destinations,Pay for their children’s education and leave them a vast financial fortune and enjoy watching you suffer and struggle.

    While you are being sold a “Illusionary Dream” that you can be a Career Criminal playing(Checkers) in a game in which the people who made up the game change(Chess) the rules as they please.

    You can wake up if you want to.

  5. This is dumb sheit me and my older brother was kids we lived in newark nj and when was still kids we moved to suburban morristown nj, played rap on the sneak tip we didnt shoot nobody.

    • And we didnt kill nobody when i was a teen i was bumpin hardcore sheit on the sneak aint nobody dead my brother is married got a kid on the way im marrying my boo next month my brother not a thug im not a hoe.

  6. This is utter stupidity, if you choose to hurt, maim and/or kill it is your choice, not the music you listen to. I listened to alltypes of music(rap/hiphop,country,gospel,pop,rock) they say the same things for every generation.

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