Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas A. Gentile directs the Media Research Lab in the psychology department at Iowa State University, where he conducts research on the media’s effect on children and adults. He edited Media Violence and Children: A Complete Guide for Parents and Professionals (2003, Praeger Press) and co-authored Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (2007, Oxford University Press).
Video Games Affect the Brain—for Better and Worse
Headlines about how video games affect the brain range from upbeat to dire. Psychologist Douglas A. Gentile asserts that although violent games in particular can have negative consequences, well-designed games can teach positive skills. He proposes five attributes of video game design that can help explain findings and guide future research.