Dr. Douglas Gentile

Professor [PSYCH]

Contact

Dept:Psychology
Office:W112 Lagomarcino
901 Stange Rd
Ames IA
50011-1041
Phone:515-294-1472

Area of expertise: Social

Topics of interest: Addiction, Aggression, Child Development, Media Effects, Media Violence, Meditation, Mindfulness, Prosocial Behavior, School Performance, Teens, Video Games

Laboratory: Media Research Lab

Bio

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Education:

Ph.D., Child Psychology
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 1998

M.A., Child Psychology
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, 1994

B.A., Psychology
State University of New York at Buffalo, 1986 (graduated with highest honors from the department, summa cum laude from the university)

Research Interests:

I study what can be defined broadly as media effects. I am interested in both the positive and negative effects of media on children and adults, including media violence, video games, advertising, educational media, news/propaganda, virtual reality, and music. My research is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing on the methodologies and strengths of developmental psychology, social psychology, medicine, communications, and journalism.

Media

Dr. Gentile is also affiliated with the Communication Studies program.