#556 – The War on Violent Video Games with Drs. Pat Markey & Chris Ferguson

Dr. Patrick Markey is a Professor of Psychology, the Director of the Interpersonal Research Laboratory at Villanova University, and a former President of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. Dr. Patrick Markey received his doctorate from the University of California (Riverside) in social and personality psychology, with a focus on behavioral statistics. Since receiving his degree he has published over sixty book chapters and journal articles in peer-reviewed journals, and he has made hundreds of presentations at universities and at national and international scientific conferences. Among his peers, he is widely recognized as an expert on how violent video games affect our behavior, and he is regarded for being able to present complex statistical and behavioral data to a general audience in a way that is both informative and entertaining. For years Dr. Markey has been involved in educating the general public and politicians about various psychological issues related to digital media. By giving talks at universities and elementary schools he has been able to help parents, teachers, and school administrators better understand the complex research examining violent video games. Moving beyond the classroom, Dr. Markey has been invited to testify before numerous governmental committees, and he has served on various governmental task forces examining the effects of violent video games.

Chris Ferguson is a professor of psychology at Stetson University and holds a degree in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida. He has published numerous articles on the topic of media effects ranging from video games to “sexy” media and thin-ideal effects on body dissatisfaction. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and was awarded an “early career scientist” award from the APA’s Media Psychology and Technology division. Along with Dr. Markey, he is coauthor of Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong as well as a mystery novel Suicide Kings. He resides in Orlando with his wife and son.

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