Last updated on: 4/28/2016 | Author:

Juliana E. French, MS Biography

Graduate Assistant at Villanova University
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“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 Charlotte N. Markey, “Violent Video Games and Real-World Violence: Rhetroic Versus Data,” Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Aug. 18, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Graduate Assistant, Florida State University, 2015-present
  • Graduate Assistant, Interpersonal Research Lab, Villanova University, 2013-2015
  • Research Assistant, Social Self Lab, Villanova University, 2013-2015
  • Research Assistant, Eating Disorder and Body Dissatisfaction Laboratory, Cornell College, 2005
  • PhD candidate, Social Psychology, Florida State University
  • MS, Psychology, Villanova University, 2015
  • ME, Elementary Education, Wilmington University, 2011
  • BS, Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2009
  • Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • Member, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES)
  • Member, Association of Psychological Science (APS)