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John P. Murray

Research Fellow

John P. Murray, Ph.D. is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Washington College; an Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychology in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University; and a Visiting Scholar in the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School.

He has conducted research on children’s social development for almost 40 years—starting in 1969 as a Research Coordinator for the Surgeon General’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Television and Social Behavior during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was one of the principals who wrote and coordinated the first surgeion general’s report on television, which was released in 1972. At Harvard and at Boston Children’s Hospital, he conducted research that found that watching television violence may activate those areas of the brain involved in arousal and attention; it was published in Psychiatric Times as “TV Violence and Brain Mapping in Children” in 2001.

Professor Murray is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and served as president of its Division of Child Youth and Family Services. He has published 10 books and more than 80 articles on children and television—most recently Television and Children: Fifty Years of Research, an edited volume (with Norma Pecora and Ellen Wartella) published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in 2004.