Last updated on: 4/28/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Patrick M. Markey, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Psychology at Villanova University
Position:
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

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

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:
  • Director, Interpersonal Research Laboratory, Villanova University
  • Full Professor of Psychology, Villanova University, 2015-present
  • Member, Pennsylvania Senate Resolution No. 6 Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention, 2013-present
  • Executive Officer, Society of Interpersonal Theory and Research, 2012-present
  • Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, Society of Interpersonal Theory and Research, 2007-present
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Villanova University, 2009-2015
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Personality, 2008–2015
  • President, Society of Interpersonal Theory and Research, 2011
  • Editor, Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research Newsletter, 2008-2010
  • Member, Pennsylvania House Resolution No. 94 Task Force on Violent Interactive Video Games, 2008-2009
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Villanova University, 2003-2009
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, 2002-2003
  • Lecturer in Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 2002
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, California State University at Fullerton, 2001
  • Associate in Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 2000-2001
  • Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 2002
  • MA, Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 1999
  • BA, Psychology, California State University at Fullerton, 1997
  • Other:
  • Twitter handle: @PatMarkey
  • Member, News Media, Public Education and Public Policy Committee, Division 46, American Psychological Association, 2014-present
  • Recipient, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Recognition of Outstanding Research, 2001
  • Recipient, Research and Creativity Award, California State University at Fullerton, 1996-1997
  • Has been cited by a number of news media outlets, including: Huffington Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, TIME Magazine, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Sydney Morning Herald
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?