Media Violence, Media Use, Video Game Addiction, and More: An Interview with Dr. Doug Gentile



During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Doug Gentile, PhD, spoke with us about a number of topics ranging from video game addiction, monitoring children’s media use, and the effects of media violence. 

Dr. Douglas Gentile Talks About His Background and His Work at the Iowa State University Media Research Lab


Dr. Douglas Gentile Talks About Video Game Addiction


Dr. Douglas Gentile Talks About the Effects of Media Violence


Dr. Douglas Gentile Offers Guidelines on Monitoring Children's Media Use


Dr. Douglas Gentile Talks About the Change in Media Use Throughout Time


Dr. Douglas Gentile Shares His Impressions of Austen Riggs


About Doug Gentile, PhD

Dr. Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and Children (2 editions; Praeger Press), and co-author of the book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (2007, Oxford University Press). He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, including studies on the positive and negative effects of video games on children in several countries, the validity of the American media ratings, how screen time contributes to youth obesity, and what is being called video game and Internet “addiction.” In 2010, he was honored with the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 46). He was named one of the Top 300 Professors in the United States by the Princeton Review.

Dr. Gentile currently runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University where he conducts research on media’s impact on children and adults. As the leader of this effort, Dr. Gentile develops and conducts research projects designed to give parents and other caregivers the kind of information they need and want to make informed media choices for their children. His research has been supported by several grants, including grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Centers for Disease Control.

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