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As Supreme Court Prepares To Hear Case Involving Sales of Violent Video Games to Minors, Rutgers University, Newark, Expert Can Discuss Link Between Media Violence, Aggression in Adolescents

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On Nov. 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants, which appeals a lower court decision to overturn a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors.  The current appeal seeks reinstatement of the law.  Paul Boxer, an assistant psychology professor at Rutgers University, Newark, has conducted extensive research into the impact of media violence on adolescents, and can provide expert insight into the impact of violent video games.

He is available to talk to the media about his study, published in early 2009, that showed that violent media does indeed adversely affect aggressive behavior in young people.  His study is online at http://www.springerlink.com/content/4788773215243487/fulltext.html   His biography is at http://psychology.rutgers.edu/~pboxer/

Boxer is also among 112 researchers and scholars — all with extensive background in studying the effects of media violence  – who are supporting the appeal.  Boxer and the others signed a statement –now part of an amicus brief – summarizing the impact of video game violence.   

TO REACH PROF.  BOXER :  Office, 353-5440 ext. 3943 ; cell, 504 722 0591; or pboxer@psychology.rutegrs.edu

 For additional information, please call Carla Capizzi, (973) 353-5263; or e-mail: capizzi@andromeda.rutgers.edu.