Last updated on: 4/6/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Rory McGloin, PhD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Connecticut
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“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 Kirstie M. Farrar 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:
  • Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Connecticut, 2015-present
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies of Communication, University of Connecticut, 2012-present
  • Advisor, University of Connecticut Television (UCTV), 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Communication, University of Connecticut, 2011-2015
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Media Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, and Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
  • Member, National Communication Association
  • Member, International Communication Association
  • Member, Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honor Society), Stonehill College, 2004-2006
  • Education:
  • PhD, Communication, University of Connecticut, 2011
  • MA, Communication, University of Connecticut, 2008
  • BA, Mediated Communication, Stonehill College, 2006
  • Other:
  • “Your Brain on Video Games,” Keynote presenter, Apr. 2013, Enfield Public Library, CT
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?