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Brad J. Bushman

Brad J. Bushman

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I received my Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Missouri. I am a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, where I hold the Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication. I also am a professor of communication science at the VU University Amsterdam, where I teach and do research in the summer. Previously, I was a professor at Iowa State University (1990-2003) and at the University of Michigan (2003-2010). For over 30 years I have studied the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. In the wake of the Newtown shooting, I co-chaired an advisory committee to the National Science Foundation on youth violence. Our committee published a report on youth violence that was distributed to each member of Congress and to each state Governor, and I testified before Congress on the contents of this report. An article that extends this report was published in American Psychologist. I am also a member of President Obama’s committee on gun violence, as an expert on media violence effects. I received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology from the American Psychological Association in 2014. I have published about 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been cited over 25,000 times (ranked #2 among communication scholars). My 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 my colleagues even calls me the "myth buster." My research has been repeatedly funded by federal grants, has been published in the 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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