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Sean Rife, PhD Biography

Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State University
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“Advocates of a video game-aggression link point to meta-analyses as the strongest evidence for their view… But meta-analysis itself has come under scrutiny as of late…first, if you do an analysis of hundreds of poorly-designed studies, all you have is artfully-analyzed noise… Second, meta-analysis suffers from a phenomenon known as publication bias: because scientific papers that fail to find an anticipated result are almost never published…

Setting all that aside, there is an additional, excellent reason to reject the video game-aggression hypothesis: over the last 30 years, video game sales have skyrocketed, and the games themselves have become both (a) more realistic, and (b) more violent… And yet, over the same period… violent crime has decreased substantially… If one were to ignore warnings against inferring correlation from causation, one might be tempted to conclude that violent video games actually reduce aggression.”

“Violent Video Games Do Not Cause Real-World Aggression,”, Mar. 22, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Adjunct Program Officer, Psychology, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, 2015-present
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology, Murray State University, 2014-present
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, Kent State University, 2011-2014
  • Predoctoral Assistantship, Kent State University, 2009-2011
  • Predoctoral Fellow, East Tennessee University, 2006-2009
  • Sole Proprietor, Rife IT Services, 2003-2009
  • Data Collection and Analytics Assistant, Sunbelt Surveys / Political Connections LLC, 2000
  • PhD, Experimental/Social Psychology and Quantitative Methods, Kent State University, 2014
  • MA, Sociology, East Tennessee State University, 2009
  • MA, Experimental Psychology, East Tennessee State University, 2008
  • BS, Psychology and Sociology, North Georgia College and State University, 2005
  • AA, Psychology, Gainesville State College, 2003
  • Twitter handle: @seanrife
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