Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"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 Patrick M. Markey and Juliana E. French, "Violent Video Games and Real-World Violence: Rhetroic Versus Data," Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Aug. 18, 2014
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:
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2014-present
Member of the Editorial Board, Body Image: An International Journal of Research, Apr. 2014-present
Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Apr. 2006-present
Project Consultant, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University, Dec. 2002-present
Director, Healthy Development Lab, Rutgers University, Sep. 2002-present
Associate Editor, Journal of Personality, Apr. 2011-Aug. 2014
Chair, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2013-July 2014
Associate Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2008-July 2014
Graduate Director, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, July 2011-July 2013
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, Aug. 2002-July 2008
Acting Director, Women's Studies Program, Rutgers University, July 2003-July 2004
Research Co-ordinator and Data Manager, Healthy Families Project, University of California at Riverside, Sep. 1997-July 2002
Graduate Research Assistant, Terman Life Cycle Study of Health and Longevity, University of California at Riverside, May 2001-June 2002
Graduate Research Assistant, Girls' Nutrition, Early Experience, and Development Study, Pennsylvania State University, 1998-1999
PhD, Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 2002
MA, Psychology, University of California at Riverside, 2000
BS, magna cum laude, Psychology, Santa Clara University, 1997