NEW YORK — The internet has been known for its ability to inspire, but what about when it becomes a tool for spreading propaganda?

In a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers at Yale University and Columbia University analyzed a group of images of violence and terrorism, and found that when those images were presented in a context of a “distancing” or “defensiveness” tone, people were less likely to engage in violent behavior.

“The images of the Middle East and Afghanistan were particularly frightening,” said lead researcher Dr. Sarah Gebhardt.

“There are so many people in the image, and the images of their countries were very violent.”

Gebhardt and her colleagues looked at images of images from the War on Terror, images of terrorism in general, and images of terrorist attacks in general.

The images were created from the same set of data, and were taken from news stories published on the day of the attack.

They found that the images that people saw on television and in newspapers were more likely to be associated with violent behavior than images of civilians, which were generally seen in neutral circumstances.

When presented with images of scenes from war and conflict, people’s brains were more active when they saw images of conflict.

They also showed a heightened response to violent imagery in the context of distancing and defensiveness.

“This is what we call a ‘distancing’ effect, where we see an image that is distancing from the rest of the image,” said Gebhart.

“That means it’s trying to create a false sense of security.

When we see images of terrorists, for example, we’re seeing a kind of ‘I’m safe’ image.”

When it comes to seeing images of peace, there was no discernible effect.

“When we see a peace image, we see something that is just like a picture of a garden, a flower, or a picture on a chalkboard,” said Dr. Michael DeLuca, the lead author of the study.

“But it’s not a flower in a garden.

It’s not even a garden in a picture.

It has no meaning.

It is just a picture.”

Dr. Gebhard added, “We’re not really looking for images of flowers, or people who are peaceful, but rather people who have some form of conflict in their lives, who are threatened by violence, or who are afraid of violence.”

The study was conducted by the Yale-Columbia Center for the Study of Extremism and Terrorism, and has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.