Last updated on: 4/28/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Charlotte E. Markey, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University
Position:
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“Contrary to the claims that violent video games are linked to aggressive assaults and homicides, no evidence was found to suggest that this medium was a major (or minor) contributing cause of violence in the United States. Annual trends in video game sales for the past 33 years were unrelated to violent crime both concurrently and up to 4 years later. Unexpectedly, monthly sales of video games were related to concurrent decreases in aggravated assaults and were unrelated to homicides…

[H]omicides tended to decrease in the months following the release of popular M-rated violent video games…

If video games are really the equivalent of flight simulators training people to kill… it is difficult to explain why homicide rates would go down after millions of these ‘murder simulators’ have been sold. When the media, politicians, or researchers link the murderous rampages of male adolescents with violent video games, they are conveying a classic illusory correlation… These individuals are ignoring that 90% of young males play video games… Finding that a young man who committed a violent crime also played a popular video game, such as Call of Duty, Halo, or Grand Theft Auto, is as pointless as pointing out that the criminal also wore socks. The rhetoric about violent video games does not match the data.”

Cowritten with Patrick M. Markey and Juliana E. French, “Violent Video Games and Real-World Violence: Rhetroic Versus Data,” Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Aug. 18, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to violence and video games. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to media violence and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2014-present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Body Image: An International Journal of Research, Apr. 2014-present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Apr. 2006-present
  • Project Consultant, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University, Dec. 2002-present
  • Director, Healthy Development Lab, Rutgers University, Sep. 2002-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Personality, Apr. 2011-Aug. 2014
  • Chair, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2013-July 2014
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2008-July 2014
  • Graduate Director, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2011-July 2013
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, Aug. 2002-July 2008
  • Acting Director, Women’s Studies Program, Rutgers University, July 2003-July 2004
  • Research Co-ordinator and Data Manager, Healthy Families Project, University of California at Riverside, Sep. 1997-July 2002
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Terman Life Cycle Study of Health and Longevity, University of California at Riverside, May 2001-June 2002
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Girls’ Nutrition, Early Experience, and Development Study, Pennsylvania State University, 1998-1999
  • Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 2002
  • MA, Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 2000
  • BS, magna cum laude, Psychology, Santa Clara University, 1997
  • Other:
  • Twitter handle: @Char_Markey
  • Editor, Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2012-2014
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Personality, Apr. 2005-2011
  • Consulting Editor, Adolescent and Family Health, 2005-2011
  • Consulting Editor, Individual Differences Research, Jan. 2002-2006
  • Recipient, Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award, Rutgers University, 2011
  • Recipient, Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers University, 2009
  • Honoree, “Women of Today are the History of Tomorrow Banquet,” Rutgers University, 2003
  • Recipient, Honorable Recognition of Research, American Psychological Association, Division 35 (Psychology of Women), 2001
  • Recipient, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of California at Riverside, 2001
  • Recipient, Wilhelm Wundt Award (Student of the Year), Santa Clara University, 1997
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?