IT IS BRAIN SCIENCE! MEDIA’S EFFECTS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

How the media can influence people is one of the most studied areas in psychology.  In this seminar, we will look at a broad range of effects of media on children and adolescents, including how advertising influences people without their conscious awareness, the benefits of educational and prosocial media, the five dimensions of video game effects, media violence, how the brain learns, video game "addiction," and several other topics.  We will also examine what we can do to maximize the benefits while minimizing the potential harms.

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INSTRUCTOR: DOUGLAS GENTILE, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning researcher, educator, and author, with over 30 years experience conducting research on media's influences on children and adolescents.  He is the author of over 100 published scientific articles, the editor of the book Media Violence and Children (2 editions; Praeger Press), and co-author of the book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (2007, Oxford University Press).  His work focuses on both the positive and negative effects that mass media can have as well as what we can do to maximize the benefits and minimize the harmful effects.  A Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, he was named one of the Top 300 Professors in the US by the Princeton Review