Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
"If consuming violent media made you violent, then we should prevent adults from reading The Iliad, or for that matter the Old Testament. Together with Shakespearean tragedies and Godfather movies and much else...
The data show that video games have skyrocketed in popularity during exactly the historical period in which violent crime has sunk to the floor. And in the same age cohorts.
I don't think it's because we have some hydraulic urge to violence that has to be channeled through one conduit lest it burst out into another... partly these are independent developments, partly the beneficial effect of video games may just be that if you're playing video games you're not getting into trouble in other ways. And so the young men who are behind the screen are not out picking fights in bars or over parking spots."
Belfer Center, "Steven Pinker: The Impact of Violent Video Games on Kids," YouTube.com, Aug. 1, 2016
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:
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2016-present
Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, 2013-present
Harvard College Professor, Harvard University, 2003-2013
Peter de Florez Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2000-2003
Director, McDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT, 1994-1999
Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, 1989-2000
Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Science, MIT, 1985-1994
Associate Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, 1985-1989
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, MIT, 1982-1985
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, 1981-1982
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 1989-1981
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cognitive Science, MIT, 1979-1980