|Download a pdf of a recent
talk at the Digital Media &
Developing Minds Congress by clicking here.
Note that you will need a password from that meeting to open
Links to media violence statements by scientific societies
News, Interviews ...
from 1995 to the present
||A listing of titles,
citations, and abstracts of articles and chapters published
in 1995 and later years, and "in press" works. This page
also contains a link to various scales used in our research.
Publications by domain
||Links to earlier publications categorized by
|Pre-1995 Publications by year
||Links to early publications in chronological
SPSSI Media Violence Statement
||A statement I helped write with a research
summary on media violence for the Society for the
Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).
Presidential Address to the International
Society for Research on Aggression
Web link (YouTube) 48 minutes
|I delivered this address at the 2012 ISRA
World Meeting, held in Luxembourg from July 17-21. The title
of the address was: Video Game Effects on Attention,
Aggression, and Helping.
International Society for Research on Aggression Media
||As President of the International Society of Research on Aggression Media Violence Report, I appointed a Commission of top researchers to prepare a report on the scientific research about media violence effects. This link takes you to that report.|
|2012 Media & Technology Discussion (scroll to the bottom of the linked web page)||This audio recording by Professors Victor Strasburger, Ed Donnerstein, and Craig Anderson was originally created for the continuing medical education program by the American Academy of Pediatrics.|
Court Case (pdf)
Justice Breyer's Dissent (pdf)
|Professor Doug Gentile and I
wrote this Op-Ed piece to help parents to distinguish the
Supreme Court's legal decision that States cannot require
parental consent for children to purchase violent video
games, from the scientific reality that such games do cause
This is the dissenting opinion by Justice Breyer, apparently the only Supreme Court Justice to carefully read and consider the research summary statement that was the Appendix in the Amicus Curiae brief linked below.
|2010 Amicus Curiae Brief
from California Senator Yee on Supreme Court Case
||This pdf contains the "Friend
of the Court" brief submitted on July 19, 2010 to the U.S.
Supreme Court in the case of Schwarzenegger vs. Video
Software Dealers Association. The brief makes extensive use
of research on violent video game effects, and includes a
statement (appendix) from leading scholars. Note that this
statement merely summarizes the empirical research; it does
not specifically address the legal or public policy issues.
American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on Media
||After several years of work,
this revision of the Academy's earlier statement was
completed, passed, and released by the Academy. My Iowa
State University colleague Doug Gentile and I did much of
the updating and rewriting; pediatrician and media violence
scholar Victor Strasburger served as the lead author and
Book on Violent Video Games
||My co-authors on this book
are Doug Gentile and Katherine Buckley. The book can be
ordered online from the Oxford
University Press web site, or Amazon.
For reviews of this book click here.
||A letter to parents, grandparents, and other individuals with questions about sources of good educational video games and concerns about violent video games and youths. It contains some recommendations and guidelines.|
||Course syllabi and related information on classes taught on a regular basis--intended primarily for students in these classes.|
||A listing of titles,
citations, and abstracts of articles and chapters
categorized by research topic. Note that this page has not
been updated for years. For a complete listing of
publications since 1995, go to http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/caa/recpub.html.
||A brief sketch of educational background, employment history, awards, and research interests.|
on buying video games
||Print version of an NBC TV
Omaha News 6 story on "Expert Tips on Buying Video Games"
for children, Nov. 23, 2009.
Game Violence FAQs
||15 frequently asked questions (and
answers) about the effects of exposure to violent video
|APA Resolution on Violence in Video Games||An August 2005 press release on the American Psychological Association's call for a reduction of violence in video games used by children and adolescents, and the full resolution, in pdf format. alternative link|
||A few documents on climate change and
Youth Violence Risk Factors & Mass Shootings. March
||Iowa State University Professors Craig Anderson & Douglas Gentile were interviewed by Grayson Schmidt of the Ames Tribune about mass shootings and the need for policy to be based on scientific findings. Here is the link to the story.|
Shootings, Mental Illness
March 20, 2018
|Iowa State University Professors Douglas
Gentile and Craig Anderson were interviewed by ABC-TV-Des
Moines reporter Rafael Lopez on mass shootings, mental
illness, and risk factors for aggressive and violent
behavior. Here is the link
to the story.
Mass Shootings, Youth Violence
March 19, 2018
|An Iowa State University press release on the
Report of the Youth Violence Commission by leading
International Society For Research On Aggression scholars on
guns, violent behavior, and media effects. Click here for
release. It contains a link to the ISRA website and
the full report.
|Media Violence Effects, March 15, 2018||A 30 minute podcast for Dr. Ryan C. Martin's
blog "All the Rage." The discussion focuses on the
scientific evidence concerning media
violence effects on aggressive and violent behavior.
Game Violence Effects, March 11, 2018
(Des Moines) news story on violent video game effects
on aggressive & violent behavior. Alternative link to
file. Alternative link to the pdf
|Guns, Media Violence, Mental Illness, & Mass Shooting, March 8, & March 29, 2018||An
Op Ed article published in the Des Moines Register, in
response to conflicting (and over-simplified) claims by
President Trump, the gun lobby, and the video game lobby.
The same Op Ed (with a few minor tweaks) that was published by the Washington Examiner.
Violence & Mass Shootings, March 8, 2018
||A FactCheck.org article on the link (if any)
between media violence and violent behavior. The linked
pdf is the USA Today report.
Agent story, 2017
||Highlight story on the Iowa State University
web site about Dr. Craig A. Anderson's work and influence on
violent video games. Published online on June 26, 2017.
Tips, June 14, 2017
||Parent tips on monitoring their children's
video game content and time to ensure a healthy video game
diet. Part of Richie Bernardo's Wallethub.com story on
"2017's Best Cities for Gamers."
||Seven 30 minute web-based interviews by
Professor Deana Pollard Sacks, for her new online show "Meet
the Professors," described as a "A Sociopolitical
Educational Talk Show." Episode 1: Sex on Television and its
Effects. Episode 2: Bullying, Harassment, & the Courts.
Episode 3: Mass Media's Influence on Your Mind. Episode 4:
Violent Video Games' Effects on Children. Episode 5: Racism
in America and Implicit Bias. Episode 6: The Politics of
Mass Media. Episode 7: Regulating Violent Video Games.
Violence & Parenting
||Interview with in media parentis
blogger Tina Peterson, Jan. 8, 2014.
violence effects, parental roles.
mp3, 39 minutes
|Link to a November 2013 Podcast with Parent
Coach Institute's CEO Gloria DeGaetano on media violence
effects and positive roles parents can and should play in
establishing a healthy media diet.
Games and Human Behavior (web link, 26
||YouTube interview with Gary Smith for his
blog "Button Bash." October 17, 2013.
New York Times article & opinion piece on media
12, 2013 NY Times article (pdf)
February 12, 2013 NY Times opinion (pdf)
Violence & Gun Violence
mp3, 60 minutes
|Interview by Nebraska Public Radio's Lewis Hernandez, Feb. 6, 2013. Panelists include Dr. Craig Anderson, Chris Ainsworth (video game creator and journalist), Bob Irwin (Owner, The Gun Store), and Patrick Miller (Editor, Game Developer Magazine).|
Violence, Mental Illness, and Gun Violence
mp3, 45 minutes
|Interviews by Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer, Jan. 22, 2013. The first half is with Craig Anderson on media violence effects. The second half is with Dr. Donald Black on personality disorders.|
|Newton, CT, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, Dec. 14, 2012||*CNN
interview on Violent Video Game effects. (mov)
*KCCI interview on Violent Video Game effects. (mov)
*Univ. of Michigan Aggression Research Program statement
*Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence Statement
Media Violence interview
|In this 1-hour Iowa Public Radio podcast,
host Ben Kiefer interviews Dr. Douglas A. Gentile and Dr.
Craig A. Anderson concerning the recent international report
on media violence effects.
|2012 Bystander Intervention interview (mp3)||In this 22 minute interview, Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kiefer interviews Dr. Craig A. Anderson about a recent subway train fatality in New York, and about what influences people to help in emergency situations.|
|2011 Reports on the Supreme Court
decision on California's Violent Video Game Law
with Professor Sacks (mov format)
June 27, 2011 Scientific American (pdf) alternate link
June 27, 2011 Wall Street Journal article (pdf)
June 27, 2011 CA Senator Yee's response
June 28, 2011 Slate (pdf)
Jon Stewart's piece on the Daily Show (mov) very graphic
June 20, 2011 Game Spot story (pdf)
June 28, 2011 Wired.com interview with Prof. Bushman (pdf)
June 28, 2011 ABC News (pdf)
July 5, 2011 Wisconsin Public Radio-Joy Cardin (mp3 45 min)
|2010 Pediatrics for Parents articles and
extended interview on violent video games
||Download the two articles on
Violent Video Games and
Other Media Violence that appeared in early 2010 in
Pediatrics for Parents
magazine by clicking on these links: Part
2 (pdf). Listen to the extended interview (35 minutes)
on this topic with Editor Dr. Richard Sagall by clicking here or
State Press Release on the Violent Video Game Supreme
||This press release highlights
the role of two Iowa State University faculty members in the
scientific aspects of the Supreme Court Case on a California
law that would require parental permission for minors to
purchase or rent certain types of violent video games. It
also highlights why Professors Anderson and Gentile focus on
the science and do comment on any specific law.
|Violent Video Games and the
||Interviews inspired by the
Supreme Court decision to review lower court rulings that
laws restricting children's right to purchase any violent
video game are unconstitutional. (Note: Dr. Anderson never
comments on the legal aspects, but focuses only on what the
science has to say.)
April 26, 2010 CNN interview with Campbell Brown (mov format)
April 28, 2010 NPR interview, Diane Rehm Show (51 minutes mp3)
|Global Warming & Violence
||TV, radio, and newspaper
coverage of research linking global warming to violence.
April 6, 2010 interview with Ben Kieffer on "The Exchange" show on Iowa Public Radio. (30 minutes, mp3)
April 22, 2010 Ames Tribune article. (pdf)
April 22, 2010 interview on WHO TV 13, Des Moines, Iowa. (mov format)
|Violent Video Game Effects
|TV news interviews about our
new comprehensive meta-analysis that was published in the
American Psychological Association's journal Psychological Bulletin.
March 1, 2010 interview on KCCI TV 8, Des Moines, Iowa.
March 7, 2010 interview on WHO TV 13, Des Moines, Iowa.
|A 2010 interview with Ben
Kieffer on Iowa Public Radio's The Exchange news and call-in radio show
about our new comprehensive meta-analysis that was published
in the American Psychological Association's journal Psychological Bulletin
(24 minutes) (QuickTime
|News articles on our March,
Bulletin article, which shows that
violent video games are a causal risk factor several
||USA Today, 3-1-10, front page, (print version).
Washington Post, 3-1-10. (print version).
Ames Tribue, 3-2-10, lead story, (print version).
Futurity.org, 3-1-10. (print version).
Video Game Violence Update
|A 2003 article in the American Psychological Association's electronic publication Psychological Science Agenda. alternative link|
Violent Video Games: Protecting Children
|A 2004 article in the
American Psychological Association's electronic publication
Psychology Matters, a compendium of psychological
research that has had a positive impact on modern society.alternative
The Parent Report
|Brief interviews (about 1
minute) in 2004 with Professor Anderson on violent video
games, by host Joanne Wilson, in MP3 format.
8/17/04, "Media Violence & Children"
11/18/04, "Violent Media and Behaviour"
11/26/04, "Rules Around Video Games"
6/15/05, "Influence of Video Game Violence vs. TV Violence"
||A brief report on Professor Anderson's 2004
American Psychological Society's address on "The Influence
of Media Violence on Youth"
| JFK Assasination Video
|News stories and interviews
concerning the video game "JFK Reloaded" on CBS and KCCI TV8.
CBS Evening news with Dan Rather, 11/22/04
KCCI Des Moines news (TV8), 11/22/04
Long radio shows (mp3 format)
|Todd Mundt-NPR show, violent
video games, 1/8/03, 27 minutes.
Wise Guys, WHO Radio, media violence, 1/18/03, 41 minutes.
Iowa Public Radio, WOI, Katherine Perkins, media violence and our new book on violent video games, 4/4/07, 43 minutes.
Media Violence Report
|A 2004 report funded by the
Government of Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Office for Victims of Crime. This comprehensive report
reviews political, research, regulatory and other aspects of
media violence. It was written by Valerie Smith.
| Violence in the Media -
Psychologists Help Protect Children from Harmful
||Two 2004 articles in the American Psychological Association's electronic publication Psychology Matters, a compendium of psychological research that has had a positive impact on modern society.|
|CNN News Excerpt
interview on violent video game effects which appeared
on CNN on December 4, 2004.
|APA Resolution on Violence in
||An August 2005 press release on the American Psychological Association's call for a reduction of violence in video games used by children and adolescents, and the full resolution, in pdf format. alternative link|
| Violent video game
report & parent advice
(mov format) (flash format)
|News story on WOI TV5 (ABC) in Des Moines, Iowa, 11/29/05, on the video game report card, and parent shopping advice.|
flash format mov format
|A 6 minute live interview
with MSNBC TV on 9/19/06 on violent video game effects, and
parental and industry responsibility.
|Plenary Address at the National Summit on Video
Games, Youth, & Public Policy
|A 48 minute presentation at
the Summit held October 20-21, 2006 in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. The Summit was co-sponsored by the National Institute on Media
and the Family, a grant by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to the Iowa State University Center for the Study of
Violence, and by the Iowa State University Institute for Social and
Behavioral Research. The address was titled Violent Video Games: Effects
and Public Policy.
|Learning to Be Violent
|An 8 minute clip on media
violence effects, including Bandura's Bobo doll studies and
violent video game studies. This clip also is available as
part of the supplemental package for Roy Baumeister and Brad
|CNKW Radio Interview
|A 15 minute interview by
CNKW's Sean Leslie, radio 980AM, Vancouver, British
Columbia. This interview of Professor Anderson and Professor
Douglas Gentile discusses recent findings on violent video
games from our 2007
book, and concerns about the video game Bully.
|NPR/Justice Talking interview
|A 6 minute interview with
Justice Talking host Margot Adler (granddaughter of Alfred
Adler) on the scientific facts about media violence effects.
on Psi Chi interview
|An interview by 3 Nebraska
Wesleyan University students on video game violence, as part
of the FAWL lecture series. Published in the Psi Chi
magazine eye on Psi Chi
and on their web site. alternative
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