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Kirstie M. Farrar, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Communication 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 Joshua Fishlock, “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:
  • Associate Professor of Communication, University of Connecticut
  • Head, Mass Communication Hire Search Committee, 2014
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Communication, University of Connecticut, 2011-2012
  • Ad hoc reviewer, William T. Grant Foundation, Communication Reports, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media,, Journal of Sex Research, Mass Communication & Society, Media Psychology, Sex Roles, Western Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Psychology, Communication Monographs
  • Education:
  • PhD, Communication, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2001
  • MA, Communication, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1998
  • BA, cum laude, Communication, Santa Clara University, 1995
  • Other:
  • PhD thesis was titled “Sexual Intercourse on Television: Do Risk and Responsibility Messages Matter?”
  • MA thesis was titled “Sexually-Related Talk and Behavior in Adolescents’ Favorite TV Shows”