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