Lead author of the new study, Simone Kühn, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany, said in a statement that her team’s findings directly contradict the APA’s conclusions, suggesting that it’s time to take a new look at the evidence. However, Kühn also called for more research involving young children, since some studies have suggested video games may have a stronger effect on them.


“I wholeheartedly support the authors’ point here,” said Ferguson, who, along with Markey, was one of the 200 researchers at the time to sign a letter to the APA asking them to not make their policy statement. “There’s little question that the APA’s 2015 policy statement on video games grossly misrepresents the evidence linking violent games to aggression. As an APA member, I frankly find this policy statement to be an embarrassment to the organization that damages its credibility.”

He added, “This new study provides further data that it’s time for the APA to recall their 2015 policy statement on video games, as this does more damage (particularly in providing cover to groups like the NRA to shift conversations from real guns to imaginary ones) than good and is not an accurate portrayal of our field.”


One could also point out, anecdotally, that violent video games are played all over the world, but certain countries like the US have a much higher rate of mass shootings and gun violence compared to places like Japan. Research, including several studies performed at Harvard’s Injury Control Research Center, has found that a country’s gun laws and amount of firearms have a much higher impact on gun violence.

[Molecular Psychology]