Christopher J. Ferguson

Christopher J. Ferguson

Christopher J. Ferguson is a professor of psychology at Stetson University in Florida.

My APA Resignation

My APA Resignation

I’ve been a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) for years, and a fellow for the past six or seven years. I sat on their Council of Representatives, which theoretically sets policy for the APA, for three years. I am just ending my term as president of the

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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Resisting the Mourner's Veto

Resisting the Mourner's Veto

Controversy recently erupted at Penguin Random House when it was announced that the company would be publishing Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson’s forthcoming book. Peterson rose to prominence in 2016 when he posted a series of videos on YouTube denouncing a Canadian law that, he claimed, would compel citizens

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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The Futility of the Conservative War on Pornography

The Futility of the Conservative War on Pornography

As we head into a tumultuous US election season, it is worth remembering that political parties can get trapped in partisan frameworks that cater to the loudest sections of their base, but which prevent them from appealing to a wider range of voters. Ideological litmus tests not only narrow appeal,

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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Are Gamer Stereotypes Accurate?

Are Gamer Stereotypes Accurate?

Back in 2014, the term “Gamergate” swarmed into public consciousness as major news outlets picked up the story of harassment of women—including developers, journalists, and fans—in the games industry. The Gamergate phenomenon began with concerns among some gamers that conflicts of interest between games journalism and the games

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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Sex Differences in Cognition

Sex Differences in Cognition

In a previous post I examined the biological and social influences on sex and gender identity. Evidence suggests that biology plays a powerful role in the determination of sex as well as of gender identity, although social forces are also important particularly as they relate to gender role expression. In

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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Is Gender a Social Construct?

Is Gender a Social Construct?

About once every generation, it becomes intellectually fashionable to believe that gender or gender identity is a malleable trait, largely devoid of biological imperatives and at the mercy of parental initiatives or other social forces. Within time, these narratives meet an inevitable backlash from the natural sciences and the furor

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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Anti-Pornography Campaigners' Pseudo-Scientific Treadmill

Anti-Pornography Campaigners' Pseudo-Scientific Treadmill

Recently it was reported that Pornhub had made a short adult film featuring a couple having sex on a polluted beach. If this seems like an odd (and frankly unsexy) idea, then bear in mind that every time the video is watched, Pornhub will donate money to Ocean Polymers, a

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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Gamers are the Easy—But Wrong—Target After Mass Violence

Gamers are the Easy—But Wrong—Target After Mass Violence

The recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have resurrected old panic over violence in video games. President Trump, among others, used language linking games to mass shootings and other violence. Such links have long ago been disproven and, fortunately, most people kept their heads and pushed back

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
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