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Christopher J. Ferguson

Christopher J. Ferguson

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My research has been on violent behavior. I am interested in examining violent behavior from a multivariate format, examining the combined impact of genetics, family environment, personality, mental health, and media violence. Much of my research lately has focused on positive and negative effects of playing violent video games.

Recent research I've been involved in has questioned the common belief in psychology that media violence contributes to aggression. I've been very interested in the sociology of media violence research itself...how the research field has become influenced by ideology and dogma, and how this relates to other research fields in psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Gender Psychology
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity

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Courses Taught:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology of War
  • Research Methods
  • Serial Murder

Christopher J. Ferguson
Department of Psychology
Stetson University
421 North Woodland Boulevard
DeLand, Florida 32723
United States

  • Phone: (386) 822-7288

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