Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology at Stetson University
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"Quite simply, the research just hasn't panned out. For one thing, even while video game sales have skyrocketed, youth violence plummeted to its lowest levels in 40 years according to government statistics. Secondly, it has been increasingly recognized that much of the early research on violent video games linking them to increased aggression was problematic: most studies used outcome measures that had nothing to do with real-life aggression and failed to control carefully for other important variables, such as family violence, mental health issues or even gender in many studies (boys both play more violent video games and are more aggressive). More recent research has not found that children who play violent video games are more violent than other kids, nor harmed in any other identifiable fashion. A recent longitudinal study of my own, following 165 10- to 14-year-old boys and girls over a three-year period, now in press with Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds no long-term link between violent video games and youth aggression or dating violence."
"Video Games Don't Make Kids Violent," TIME, Dec. 7, 2011
Experts Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to violence and video games; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in media violence and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, Stetson University, 2013-present
Associate Professor, Psychology, Texas A&M International University, Aug. 2005-2013
Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Wisconsin
Recipient, Scholar of the Year award, Texas A&M International University, 2008-2009
Trained at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2004
MS, Developmental Psychology, Florida International University
Cowritten with J. Kneer, D. Rieger, and J.D. Ivory, "Awareness of Risk Factors for Digital Game Addiction: Interviewing Players and Counselors," International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Mar. 2014
Cowritten with M. Elson, "Gun Violence and Media Effects: Challenges for Science and Public Policy," British Journal of Psychiatry, Nov. 2014