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November 27, 2017

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Online games are very often played with strangers. How do young people react when a conflict arises in such a situation? In order to answer this question, Carolien and Sheida conducted an experiment in which adolescents played an online game, supposedly with an unknown peer.

They found that young people with a strong sense of cohesion - a sense of control over the social environment around them - reacted less angrily to those who irritated them. Their findings have been published (Open Access) in Infant and Child Development. You can read more about the research from Leiden University News here (in English) or here (in Dutch).