Last updated on: 2/3/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Leland Yee, PhD Biography

Title:
Former State Senator (D-CA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“The interactive nature of video games is vastly different than passively listening to music, watching a movie, or reading a book. With interactive video games, the child becomes a part of the action which serves as a potent agent to facilitate violence and over time learns the destructive behavior.

This immersion results in a more powerful experience and potentially dangerous learned behavior in children and youth…

Just as the technology of video games improves at astonishing rates, so to does the body of research consistently demonstrate the harmful effects these violent interactive games have on minors. Over three thousand peer-reviewed studies, produced over a period of 30 years documenting the effects of screen violence (including violent video games), have now been published…

These data suggest very strongly that participating in the playing of violent video games by children and youth increase aggressive thought and behavior; increase antisocial behavior and delinquency; engender poor school performance; desensitize the game player to violence.”

June 22, 2009 amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court for Video Software Dealers Association v. Schwarzenegger

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
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:
  • Senator, California State Senate, 2007-2014
  • Assemblymember, California State Assembly, 2003-2006
  • Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 1996-2002
  • Member, San Francisco School Board, 1988-1996
  • Child Therapist, San Francisco Mental Health Department
  • Child Psychologist, Oakland School District
  • Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Affairs CA State Senate Committee
  • Chair, Asian Pacific Rim Economic Development CA State Senate Committee
  • Chair, Bay Area Sustainable Development and Economic Progress CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Appropriations CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Biotechnology CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Budget and Fiscal Review CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Business, Professions & Economic Development CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Business, Professions & Economic Development Subcmte on Economy, workforce Prep & Development CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, California’s Horse Racing Industry CA State Senate Committee
Education:
  • PhD, Child Psychology, University of Hawaii, 1975
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 1972
  • BA, University of California at Berkeley, 1970
Other:
  • First Chinese American elected to the California Senate
  • First Asian Pacific American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore
  • Emigrated from China at age of 3
  • Member, California’s Wine Industry CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Governmental Organization CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Human Services CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, International Business Trade CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, Labor and Industrial Relations CA State Senate Committee
  • Member, The Census CA State Senate Committee
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?