Signaling theory originated in evolutionary biology and explains the mechanisms behind the honest communication of information between organisms. Communication scholars are increasingly turning to signaling theory as a way to test evolutionary explanations for human behavior. The present study tests if receiver-dependent costly signals can be used to predict the moment of aggressive behavior in video game environments. High status (but not high trait aggression) male subjects were fastest to engage in combat against a low voice pitch male opponent - but only when subject skill was high. This result underscores the importance of video game skill as a variable of interest as well as the need for video games researchers to tease out when real-world behaviors map to video game contexts.
|Commitee:||Linz, Daniel, Reid, Scott|
|School:||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Evolution and Development, Communication|
|Keywords:||Evolutionary communication, Signaling theory, Status, Video games, Voice pitch|
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