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When 2+2 = One Punch: The Mathematics of Aggression

by Associate Professor Doug Gentile 

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Date:Tuesday 27 May
Time:Light refreshments from 6pm Lecture 6:30 start
Venue:Theatre 1, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University (Map)

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Acts of extreme aggression such as the recent spate of one punch fatalities in Sydney, lead us to question their cause and we are often left unsatisfied by the available answers. Perhaps this is because we are asking the wrong questions. We need to focus on the bigger picture instead of trying to find a specific cause.

In this free public lecture, award-winning research scientist, educator and author, Associate Professor Douglas Gentile will examine modern scientific approaches to understanding aggression. He explains that we need to balance individual causes with the overall pattern of risk and protective  factors in society. The talk discusses using all applicable data to create the big picture in order to make sense of the details.

Speaker Profile

Douglas Gentile

A/Prof Gentile is a leading researcher and academic in developmental psychology at Iowa State University. Over the last 25 years he has studied a wide range of phenomena in children and adults, most notably those related to aggressive behaviour and media use. He currently oversees the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University, where he and his team conduct research designed to give parents and other caregivers the kind of information they need and want to make informed media choices for their children. He has authored scores of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, including studies about aggressive and violent behaviour, 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."

He is also the editor of the book Media Violence and Children (2003, 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). In 2010, he was honoured with the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 46) and in 2013 was named one of the Top 300 Professors in the United States by the Princeton Review.

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