Research on the Effects of Media

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Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D.
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Radio Interviews with Dr. Gentile

The Exchange (Mar 4, 2009): Discussion of research finding that TV ratings do not accurately reflect the content of shows children watch, and how the content predicts their behaviors.

Kids Count Radio Show (Apr 26, 2009): Discussion of research on pathological video game use, finding that 8.5% of youth gamers could be “addicted.”

The Exchange (July 14, 2010): Discussion of research finding that the amount of TV and video games children consume predicts teacher-reported attention problems.  Also includes an interview on how the Internet is changing our brains.

Talk of Iowa (March 23, 2011):  Positive Video Games - Some video games help to promote learning and sharing and may offer other health benefits from what is being called “exergaming.”
Podcast Interviews

Multiple Effects of Video Games (2009) Interview with game researchers Drs. Craig Anderson and Douglas Gentile about the positive and negative effects of video games.  Topics include game effects on skills, video game “addiction,” prosocial and aggressive games, recommendations for good games, and video game ratings.

The Insider (Jun 18, 2008) Dr. John Riolo interviews Dr. Douglas Gentile about research on how television portrays psychologists and how that may reduce people’s willingness to seek help for mental health issues.

Violent Video Game Effects (2009) Discussion of research on violent video game effects with Drs. Craig Anderson and Douglas Gentile, including defining aggression, effects on biology and psychology, the catharsis hypothesis, effects on high and low aggressive children, and what parents can do.

Aggression Development in Children (2009)  Drs. Craig Anderson and Douglas Gentile describe multiple types of aggression and violence, relational aggression, the development of aggression in children, media violence effects, bullying and cyberbullying, genetic and environmental interactions, and what parents can do.

Video Game “Addiction” (2009)  Drs. Craig Anderson and Douglas Gentile discuss research on video game and Internet “addiction,” how to define it, how it is similar to and different from other addictions, warning signs for parents, and what we don’t yet know (as of 2009).

Television Interviews

 What Parents Need to Know about Violent Video Games in Three Minutes (2009)  Interview with Dr. Gentile as supporting material for the Jo Frost’s Extreme Parental Guidance Show
Science of Parenting

Introductory Show (March 2011) Discussion between co-hosts Dr. Douglas Gentile and Michael Murray, describing what this show will include.

Show 2 - Cyberbullying (April 2011) Discussion with Dr. Warren Blumenfeld about bullying and cyberbullying, with a focus on bullying of LGBTQ youth.

Show 3 - Youth Obesity (May 2011) Dr. Gregory Welk, director of clinical research and outreach for the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, joins us to discuss what parents can do about childhood obesity.

Show 4 - Good Parenting (June 2011) Doug and Mike discuss four styles of parenting with Dr. Kimberly Greder, and the research on how these styles affect children.

Show 5 - Natural Disasters (July 2011) Teresa Zilk from the Iowa Dept of Human Services and Abby Lamont from Project Recovery Iowa join us to discuss what we should say to children when disaster strikes.

Show 6 - Drug Prevention (August 2011) Steve Cline of the Partnership at and Peter Komendowski of the Partnership at Drug Free Iowa discuss what is new in drug prevention.

Show 7 - Project-Based Learning (September 2011) Can children learn better when given a problem to solve rather than something to learn?  Expert Timothy Kubik describes this new movement in education.

Show 8 - Great Children’s Television (October 2011) Dr. Shalom Fisch, author, educator, and former researcher at Sesame Workshop discusses what makes great children’s TV great.

Show 9 - Growing Healthy Brains (November 2011) Doug and Mike discuss children’s brain development with Dr. Diane Bales of the University of Georgia.

Show 10 - Mean Girls (and Boys) (December 2011) Dr. Sarah Coyne of BYU describes what parents need to know about relational aggression and how serious it can be.

Show 11 - TechnoParenting (January 2012) Technology can be used to help with parenting.  Dr. Susan Walker of the University of Minnesota talks about her research.

Show 12 - Parenting Spirited Children (February 2012) Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka of the University of Minneosota describes children’s temperaments, and how to manage high-spirited children.

Show 13 - Tantrums! (March 2012) Dr. Michael Potegal talks about how children have tantrums, and what comes first, the crying or the screaming?

Show 14 - Kids and Money (April 2012) Doug and Mike discuss how to handle allowances and money matters with Drs. Clinton Gudmunson and Tim Griesedorn of Iowa State University.