13-1 | Contributors

Peter Gray is Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Boston College. He is the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, eight editions of the textbook Psychology (with coauthor David Bjorklund on the most recent two editions), and numerous articles on play, behavioral biology, evolutionary psychology, and education. Gray is a founding member of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and the nonprofit Let Grow. He also writes the Freedom to Learn blog for Psychology Today.

Patrick M. Markey is Professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at Villanova University and a former president of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. His research about interpersonal interactions and media often garners media attention, and he has been featured or interviewed by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, USA Today, 20/20, CNN, Fox News, ABC, NPR, BBC, PBS, The Economist, US News and World Report, MTV, ABC News, Time Magazine, and the Washington Post. He is also the coauthor of Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong and F*ck Divorce: A Science Based Guide to Piecing Yourself Back Together after Your Life Implodes. Christopher J. Ferguson is Professor of Psychology at Stetson University. His work on media and gun violence has been published in such anthologies and periodicals as Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Communication, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, and Personality and Individual Differences. In addition to Moral Combat, which he coauthored, his books include How Madness Shaped History and Suicide Kings, a mystery novel. Lauren Hopkins is a graduate student at Villanova University whose research covers video games, prejudice, and interpersonal relationships.

Angela Pyle is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. She has studied the development of personal, social, and academic skills by young children through play-based learning and her publications appear in such journals as American Educational Research Journal, Elementary School Journal, and Teachers College Record. Martin A. Pyle is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the Ted Rogers School of Management and his publications, concerning the information sources individuals use to guide their choices and decision, appear in various marketing journals. Jessica Prioletta is an Assistant Professor at Bishop’s University in the School of Education and her work, published in such journals such as Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education Journal, examines gender inequalities in early childhood education, especially in children’s play. Betül Alaca is a doctoral candidate in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto.