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Guns weren't the only things President Obama asked Congress to act on Wednesday.  He mentioned another hot topic in the debate on gun violence: violent video games.

"And Congress should fund research into the effects violent video games have on young minds..we don't benefit from ignorance. We don't benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence," he said.

The President isn't the only one talking about violent video games.  The National Rifle Association held a news conference following the Sandy Hook shooting, calling out the games and movies.

So do violent video games and movies change how children look at and think about violence?

A new survey by Common Sense Media shows 75 percent of parents feel violent video games contribute to violence.  Those are parents' fears, but what does science say?

A small study done at the University of Indiana using MRIs looked at about 20 young men playing video games and found that after shooting at characters for 10 hours in a week, there was a decrease in the part of the brain linked with inhibition, attention and decision making -- which some translate to mean more aggression.

When the 18 to 29-year-old men stopped playing, the brain activity returned, but the big question is, how does this translate into everyday behavior?

"There's some evidence that kids who play video games are in homes that have fewer rules.  So consequently, they may not be learning the same things that other kids are, and that may be a situation.  There's clearly some kids who might be unstable to being with where video games will promote their violent behavior.  For the vast majority of people, I don't think it translates into more violent behavior," said Dr. Joel Young, a child psychiatrist.

Video: FOX's Deena Centofanti reports.

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