Brad J. Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, where he holds the Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication. He is also a professor of communication science at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studies the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. He also studies the impact of the media on prosocial behavior. His research has challenged several myths (e.g., violent media have a trivial effect on aggression, venting anger reduces aggression, violent people suffer from low self-esteem, violence and sex on TV sell products, warning labels reduce audience size). (One of his colleagues calls him the "myth buster.") He has about 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including in the top scientific journals (e.g., Science, Nature, PNAS). His research has been featured on television (e.g., ABC News 20/20, CBS Evening News, Discovery Channel, Jim Lehrer NewsHour, Showtime Penn & Teller: Bullshit!), on radio (BBC, NPR, CBC, ABC, CBS, NBC News Radio) in magazines (e.g., Scientific American, Newsweek, Time, Health, Sports Illustrated), and in newspapers (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, The Times of London).
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Communication, Language
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Personality, Individual Differences
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- Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). Social psychology and human nature (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
- Brummelman, E., Thomaes, S., Slagt, M. I., Overbeek, G. Orobio de Castro, B., & Bushman, B. J. (2013). My child redeems my broken dreams: On parents transferring their unfulfilled ambitions onto their child. PLoS ONE, 8(6): e65360.
- Bushman, B. J., & Whitaker, J. L. (2010). Like a magnet: Catharsis beliefs attract angry people to violent video games. Psychological Science, 21(6), 790-792.
- Muller, D., Bushman, B. J., Subra, B., & *Ceaux, E. (2012). Are people more aggressive when they are worse off or better off than others? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3(6), 754-759.
- Bushman, B. J., & Huesmann, L. R. (2010). Aggression. In S. T. Fiske, D. T. Gilbert, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (5th ed., Ch. 23, pp. 833-863). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
- Bushman, B. J., Moeller, S. J., & Crocker, J. (2011). Sweets, sex, or self-esteem? Comparing the value of self-esteem boosts with other pleasant rewards. Journal of Personality, 79(5), 993-1012.
- Mischkowski, D., Kross, E., & Bushman, B. J. (2012). Flies on the wall are less aggressive: Self-distancing “in the heat of the moment” reduces aggressive thoughts, angry feelings and aggressive behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(5), 1187-1191.
- Whitaker, J. L., Melzer, A., Steffgen, G., & Bushman, B. J. (2013). The allure of the forbidden: Breaking taboos, frustration, and attraction to violent video games. Psychological Science, 24(4), 507-513.
- Bushman, B. J., & Anderson, C. A. (2009). Comfortably numb: Desensitizing effects of violent media on helping others. Psychological Science, 21(3), 273-277.
- Gentile, D. G., & Bushman, B. J. (2012). Reassessing media violence effects using a risk and resilience approach to understanding aggression. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 1(3), 138-151.
- Hasan, Y., Bègue, L., & Bushman, B. J. (2012). Viewing the world through “blood-red tinted glasses”: The hostile expectation bias mediates the link between violent video game exposure and aggression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 953-956.
- Bushman, B. J., & Gibson, B. (2011). Violent video games cause an increase in aggression long after the game has been turned off. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 29-32.
- Engelhardt, C. R., Bartholow, B. D., Kerr, G. T., & Bushman, B. J. (2011). This is your brain on violent video games: Neural desensitization to violence predicts increased aggression following violent video game exposure. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1033-1036.
- Anderson, C. A., & Bushman, B. J. (2002). The effects of media violence on society. Science, 295, 2377-2378.
- Bushman, B. J., Giancola, P. R., Parrott, D. J., & Roth, R. M. (2012). Failure to consider future consequences increases the effects of alcohol on aggression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(2), 591-595.
- Bègue, L., Bushman, B. J., Zerhouni, O., Subra, B., & Ourabah, M. (2013). "Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder": People who think they are drunk also think they are attractive. British Journal of Psychology, 104(2), 225-234.
- Hasan, Y., Bègue, L., Scharkow, M., & Bushman, B. J. (2012). The more you play, the more aggressive you become: A long-term experimental study of cumulative violent video game effects on hostile expectations and aggressive behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(2), 224-227.
- Anderson, C. A., Shibuya, A., Ihori, N., Swing, E. L., Bushman, B. J., Sakamoto, A., Rothstein, H. R., Saleem, M., & Barlett, C. P. (2010). Violent video game effects on aggression, empathy, and prosocial behavior in Eastern and Western countries: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 136(2), 151-173.
- Whitaker, J. L., & Bushman, B. J. (2012). “Remain calm. Be kind”: Effects of relaxing video games on aggressive and prosocial behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3(1), 88-92.
- Hasan, Y., Bègue, L., & Bushman, B. J. (2013). Violent video games stress people out and make them more aggressive. Aggressive Behavior, 39(1), 64-70.
- Communication & Society
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Social Psychology
- Violence in Society and Violence in the Mass Media
Brad J. Bushman
School of Communication
The Ohio State University
3127 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1339
- Phone: (614) 688-8779
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