Screen Violence impact on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults 

This seminar will cover a wide range of topics concerning short- and long-term effects of consumption of violent screen media, with a focus on violent video games. We will discuss some basic assumptions that underlie research into screen violence, strengths and weaknesses of various types of empirical studies, and the role of theory in designing and understanding screen violence studies. Specific examples of key short-term experimental, cross-sectional, and longitudinal studies will be discussed. Common methodological, statistical, conceptual, and interpretational mistakes in media violence studies, and how to avoid them, will be presented. Implications for parenting and public policy will also be discussed.

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instructor: Craig A. Anderson, iowa state university


Craig A. Anderson, Ph.D. (Stanford University, 1980) is a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Iowa State University, Past-President of the International Society for Research on Aggression, and Editor of ISRA’s journal Aggressive Behavior. His 240+ publications have received 40,000+ citations. He is considered by many to be the world's leading expert on violent video game effects. His General Aggression Model has been applied to clinical, social, personality and developmental psychology; pediatrics; criminology; war and climate change, among other fields. In 2017, Dr. Anderson received the Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Psychological Issues, its top award. In 2018, Dr. Anderson was awarded the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Distinguished Scholar Award for career contributions.