USAToday's investigation is unrealistic - the weapons and methods are directly related to game-enthusiasts. It is a combination of the two factors - putting a brain into a susceptible, suggestible state via anti-psychotic drugs in combination with callous murder games seems like a really obvious method of programming. So obvious that there is a co-relation with gun-use, even virtual, and gun violence with these young men. They are drugged and programmed, even without pretext of a violent nature - there are many, many instances where people behave opposite their survival instinct and perform unnatural behaviors due to "anti-psychotic medications".
Jodi Whitaker, via University of Arizona
[This post, which at 1200 UTC 8/25/17 originally reported on the then-upcoming vote, has been updated at 1800 UTC 8/25/17 to include the results of the vote.]
A researcher who co-authored a paper about video games that was retracted earlier this year has had her PhD from The Ohio State University revoked.
As WOSU reported this afternoon, the vote today of the university's Board of Trustees was unanimous. The scheduled vote on whether to revoke Jodi Whitaker's degree was first reported yesterday by The Columbus Dispatch.
While a graduate student at Ohio State, Whitaker was co-author of a paper that claimed to find that first-person shooter video games improved marksmanship. As we've reported, the paper, published online in 2012, was retracted earlier this year, two years after a university committee was alerted to irregularities in the data by two outside researchers.
The controversy over the paper became heated at times. Whitaker's PhD supervisor, Brad Bushman, was cleared by Ohio State of misconduct, but claimed at one point that the paper's critics -- Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University and Malte Elson, a behavioral psychology postdoc at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany -- were engaging in a smear campaign. But Bushman agreed to the retraction. (He also agreed to the retraction of another paper not co-authored by Whitaker earlier this year following questions by Joe Hilgard, a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania.)
The Dispatch explains Ohio State's process for revoking a degree:
Typically, a university committee investigates allegations of academic misconduct. That committee can then recommend to the executive vice president and provost that a degree be revoked, and if the provost concurs, the recommendation goes to the board of trustees.
OSU spokespeople told the Dispatch and Retraction Watch yesterday:
Student education records, including records related to academic misconduct and information about the misconduct that could lead to the identification of individual students, are protected under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and cannot be shared by the university.
Brad Bushman is a professor of communication in good standing at Ohio State. In the case of the retracted 2014 study ("Boom, Headshot!": Effect of Video Game Play and Controller Type on Firing Aim and Accuracy. Communication Research, Vol 41(7):879-891) the university determined that there was no evidence that Bushman participated in, or was aware of, inappropriate data manipulation. Therefore, the university found that the allegations brought against Bushman did not have sufficient substance to warrant an investigation and they were dismissed.