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Joshua Fishlock, MA Biography

Graduate Assistant at the University of Connecticut
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“In the context of a violent video game using a gun controller, not only do people see guns on screen paired with violence (the double whammy), they are also holding and firing a realistic looking firearm (the triple whammy)…

[W]e conclude that violent video games are a risk factor capable of contributing to aggression. Additionally, this research suggests that playing a realistic first-person shooter game with a firearm controller may be quite worthy of concern as a possible triple whammy risk factor for developing aggressive knowledge structures and, potentially, subsequent aggressive behavior…

This finding is of concern, given that guns play a leading role in the majority of today‚Äôs most popular videogames and the industry has introduced hundreds of control devices that mimic the look, feel, and action of real-life firearms.”

Cowritten with Rory McGloin and Kirstie M. Farrar, “Triple Whammy! Violent Games and Violent Controllers: Investigating the Use of Realistic Gun Controllers on Perceptions of Realism, Immersion, and Outcome Aggression,” Journal of Communication, Apr. 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Connecticut, 2013-present
  • Documentary filmmaker, Midway Pictures
  • Per Course Instructor, Rhode Island College, 2010-2011
  • Per Course Instructor, University of Rhode Island, 2010-2011
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Rhode Island, 2008-2010
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Rhode Island, 2008
  • Education:
  • PhD candidate, Communication, University of Connecticut (expected graduation year 2016)
  • MA, Communication, University of Rhode Island, 2010
  • BA, Communication, University of Rhode Island, 2008
  • Other:
  • Recipient, Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Service Award, University of Rhode Island, 2009
  • Has worked on the following documentaries: You Must Be This Tall: The Story of Rocky Point Park; On The Lake: Life and Love in a Distant Place; It’s A Bash!; and Behind the Hedgerow