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Release: Feb. 3, 2003

Video Game Violence Expert To Speak Feb. 18

A national authority on the effects of video game violence on youth will speak about the topic from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in University of Iowa Main Library's Shambaugh Auditorium.

The talk by Craig A. Anderson, chair of Iowa State University's department of psychology since 1999, is free and open to the public, and parents, teachers and school administrators are encouraged to attend. The UI College of Education and the department of psychology are sponsoring his visit.

Anderson's main research interests are social and personality psychology, in particular the potential psychological harm caused to children by prolonged exposure to video games and other violent media.

"Many people tend to think, 'Well it's just a game, the boy or girl is able to tell the difference between it and reality, let's not worry about it," Anderson says on his personal website. "One of the great myths surrounding media violence is this notion that if the individual can distinguish between media violence and reality, then it can't have an adverse effect on that individual."

Anderson, who received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University in 1980, was a founding member of the Society of Southwestern Social Psychologists and served as its president from 1986 to 1987. On March 21, 2000, he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's hearing on "The Impact of Interactive Violence on Children." He is currently on the Executive Council of the International Society for Research on Aggression (1997-2006).

More information about Anderson and his work may be found online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, Writer: Michelle Yong.