Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson, an associate professor of psychology at Texas A & M International University, served as the Virginia Tech Gaming and Media Effects Research Laboratory's "Virtual Guest Scholar," leading off the lab's Spring 2011 Video Game Research Lunchtime Colloquium Series with a public presentation via videoconference titled "Going ‘Postal:’ Youth Violence Predicted by Depression and Antisocial Traits, not Video Game Violence."

Dr. Ferguson's presentation reviewed issues with research on the effects of violent video games and shared findings from a long-term study Dr. Ferguson is conducting on the topic. More information about Dr. Ferguson's research can be found in an article from the Collegiate Times published this week that featured an extensive interview with Dr. Ferguson.

Dr. Ferguson is an associate professor of psychology at Texas A&M International University. He is licensed as a psychologist in Texas and often conducts evaluations for Child Protective Services. He recently served as guest editor for the American Psychological Association journal Review of General Psychology’s special issue on video games. Last year, he organized scholars from several academic fields in the submission of an amici curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the Court’s review of a California law restricting the sale of violent video games. He lives in Laredo, Texas, with his wife and young son.

Other presentations in the G.A.M.E.R. Lab's Spring 2011 Video Game Research Lunchtime Colloquium Series will be held in 043 Shanks Hall on 6 April and 27 April. See http://gamerlab.org for more information about the series, or contact colloquium convener James D. Ivory ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with questions.