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New Book Explores Impact Of Violent Video Games


Violent video games are wildly popular and have been for decades. Games such as Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Doom and so many more are played by children across the country. 


In the new book "Game On! Sensible Answers about Video Games and Media Violence," Iowa State University psychologists Doug Gentile and Craig Anderson explore the impact of media violence, including violent video games, on children and analyze behavioral trends. 


"You get desensitized. And not only desensitized to media violence, but also desensitized to aggression in the real world. You start being a little less caring," says Gentile. "That's actually where the biggest effect of media violence is, in just slightly changing our perception." 


Gentile and Anderson join Charity Nebbe on this episode of Talk of Iowa to discuss their latest research and new book.




  • Doug Gentile, professor of psychology at Iowa State University
  • Craig Anderson, distinguished professor of psychology at Iowa State University
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa