Last updated on: 10/6/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

L. Rowell Huesmann, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Michigan
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here are now many cases, recent cases, where kids have behaved very violently and obviously have been influenced by violent video games, one way or the other. There have been cases where kids have apparently followed scripts of video games in shooting a policeman, for example. So I think those clearly have an effect…

I think we know two things. We know that video games teach specific behavioral scripts: how to shoot. They can teach how to land an aircraft, but they can also teach how to teach how to shoot–the muscle movements, the cognitive decisions that you need to make. And we know that they also emotionally desensitize, which makes it easier to shoot, because you don’t have the negative emotional feelings that would arise in any of us, if we started to point a gun at another human, and thought about the results of that.”

“Violent Video Games Incite Teen Violence,” larouchepub.com, Jan. 9, 2008

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:
  • Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2005-present
  • Professor, Communication Studies and Psychology, University of Michigan, 1992-present
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Criminology and Clare Hall College, Cambridge University, 2000, 2013
  • Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics, University of Michigan, 2006-2012
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California at Los Angeles, 1991, 2003, 2006, 2010
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California at Irvine, 1991
  • Visiting Professor, Technical University Berlin (Berlin, Germany), 1991
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1979-1992
  • Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, 1982
  • Visiting Professor, Wroclaw University (Poland), 1978
  • Associate Professor, Psychology and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1973-1979
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Utah, 1976
  • Professor, Psychology, Yale University, 1969-1973
  • Lecturer, Yale University, 1968-1969
  • Education:
  • PhD, Systems and Communications Science And Psychology, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1969
  • MS, Psychology, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1967
  • BS, Psychology and Mathematics, University of Michigan, 1964
  • Other:
  • Chair, Academic Performance Committee, Intercollegiate Athletics, 2011-2013
  • Appointee, National Academies, Institute of Medicine, Global Violence Forum, 2010
  • Recipient, American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology, 2005
  • Chair, National Institute of Health and Surgeon General’s Committee on Media Violence, 2000-2001
  • Elected Life Member, Clare Hall College, Cambridge University, 2000
  • Recipient, Excellence in Research Award, University of Michigan, 1999
  • President, International Society for Research on Aggression, 1997-1998
  • Chair, American Psychological Association, Human Capital Initiative on Violence, 1994-1997
  • Recipient, Excellence in Research Award, University of Michigan, 1997, 2000
  • Recipient, James McKeen Cattel Fellowship, 1990-1991
  • President, Sigma Xi Chapter, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987-1988
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • Fellow, International Society for Research on Aggression
  • Fellow, National Consortium for Violence Research (NCOVR)
  • Fellow, Society for Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)