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Craig Anderson, PhD Biography

Director of the Center for the Study of Violence
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“The results, overall, have been fairly consistent across types of studies (experimental, cross-sectional, and longitudinal) and across visual media type (television, films, video games). There is a significant relation between exposure to media violence and aggressive behavior. Exposing children and adolescents (or ‘youth’) to violent visual media increases the likelihood that they will engage in physical aggression against another person. By ‘physical aggression’ we mean behavior that is intended to harm another person physically, such as hitting with a fist or some object. A single brief exposure to violent media can increase aggression in the immediate situation. Repeated exposure leads to general increases in aggressiveness over time. This relation between media violence and aggressive behavior is causal.”

“FAQs on Violent Video Games and Other Media Violence,” (accessed Jan. 13, 2010)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Center for the Study of Violence, 2007-present
  • Charter Fellow, Midwestern Psychological Association, 2010
  • Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, American Psychological Association, 2010
  • Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University, 2005-present
  • Member, Committee on Violence in Video Games and Interactive Media, American Psychological Association, 2005
  • Recipient, Iowa State University Foundation Outstanding Achievement in Research Award, 2004
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Iowa State Univeristy, 1999-2005
  • Executive Council, International Society for Research on Aggression, 1997-2007
  • Professor of Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992-1999
  • Recipient, Grant from Nintendo of America, Inc., 1990-1991
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1988-1992
  • President, Society of Southwestern Social Psychologists, 1986-1987
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Rice University, 1985-1988
  • Visiting Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University, 1984-1985
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rice University, 1980-1985
  • Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, Stanford University, 1980
  • MA, Psychology, Stanford University, 1978
  • BA, cum laude, Psychology and Sociology, Butler University, 1976
  • Other:
  • Consulted with the office of Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s and testified in the court case involving legal challenges to the 2005 Illinois law requiring parental consent for minors to buy violent video games.
  • Testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on “The Impact of Interactive Violence on Children,” Mar. 21, 2000
  • Fellow, American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, 1995
  • Fellow, International Society for Research on Aggression, 1993
  • Charter Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1988
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