Founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"My opinion on video game violence, which has a very powerful reward system wired into it, is that continued exposure desensitizes people to the experience of violence. But the other big issue, along with the reward structure, is that it teaches them a skill set that they might not otherwise develop, especially the first person shooter games. I have a real problem with giving people, in the name of entertainment, a technology that desensitizes violence, and then teaches you how to commit violence more accurately... and then elevating people's levels of dopamine...
[T]hose studies have been absolutely supported. When you put people on a PET scanner or an functional MRI, their brain lights up like a Christmas tree when they're doing these games, especially when they hit the reward points that are designed by the gamers to… keep people gaming because that's how these games make their money.
Nothing is engaged in at the levels that I see gaming at, as a form of entertainment or dopamine elevation, unless it's a narcotic like cocaine for instance. How could you be exposed to something this toxic and have it not affect you?"
"Growing Up GTA," huffingtonpost.com, Sep. 20, 2013
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:
Clinical Director, The Healing Center, LLC, Sep. 2005-present
Founder, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction (CITA), Aug. 1999-present
Special Master, Connecticut Superior Court, Family Division, Sep. 1995-present
Contractor, Connecticut Superior Court, Family Division, Jan. 1994-present
Owner/Consultant, Practice Development Consultants, Jan. 1993-present
Consultant, Department of Public Health and Addiction Services, May 1993-present
Principal and Founder, Psychological Health Associates, LLC, Oct. 1986-Sep. 2005