Consulting, Research and Speaking on Health and Media Issues

New book for schools: The Video Game Debate

Routledge just published The Video Game Debate: Unravelling the Physical, Social, and Psychological Effects of Digital Games, edited by Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt. (I contributed Chapter 3, "Are Electronic Games Health Hazards or Health Promoters?") Designed for college students, the book works for any curious person who wants to promote more intelligent and nuanced ... [Continue Reading]

The persistence of “Smurfette Syndrome”

Today, my son and I were watching a taped Colbert Report broadcast, when the issue of including females in animal research came up (cue the fetching girl rodent in lipstick). It reminded me of my first academic publication: a letter to Science (249:612), titled “Shoehorning” Men Into Studies? Published in 1990, when my son was learning to crawl, it ran as follows:    Regarding ... [Continue Reading]

New paper: Video game effects on teens with psychological problems

The Journal of Youth and Adolescence just issued a press release for a forthcoming paper that I wrote with Chris Ferguson of Stetson University. Revisiting data collected from my government-funded studies at Harvard Medical School, Chris and I focused on the subset of young teens who reported symptoms of depression and/or attention deficit disorder. Here is an excerpt from ... [Continue Reading]