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Brad J. Bushman

Brad J. Bushman

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Brad J. Bushman (Ph.D. 1989, University of Missouri) is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, and a professor of communication science at the VU University Amsterdam. He holds the Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication. For over 25 years he has studied the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. He is a member of President Obama’s committee on gun violence, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the topic of youth violence. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles. According to Google Scholar, his articles have been cited over 25,000 times. He is ranked #2 among communication scholars cited in Google Scholar.

In 2014 Professor Bushman received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology from the American Psychological Association. 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 sell products, warning labels reduce audience size). (One of his colleagues calls him the "myth buster.") His research has been published in top scientific journals (e.g., Science, PNAS) and has been featured extensively in the mass media (e.g., BBC, New York Times, NPR).

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Communication, Language
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences

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Courses Taught:

  • Communication & Society
  • Meta-Analysis
  • 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, Ohio 43210
United States

  • Phone: (614) 688-8779
  • Fax: (614) 292-2055
  • Skype Name: bjbushman

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