I am a big fan of research coming out of Texas A & M by
Christopher Ferguson. His work has been aimed at debunking a robust body of research on gaming that dominated the literature in the last two decades. Many findings were interpreted as evidence that video games caused aggression. Yet, thus far, Ferguson has not been able to show a causal link when studies are better controlled. In fact, he has demonstrated that there are a number of third variables at play such as depression and other mood disorders.
This is good news for me as I want to use video games as a form of play therapy for teens. Of course I will have to develop a survey that is sensitive to important factors that might make this a bad idea for some clients.
Please post any comments, links, news etc. related to this topic.