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Brad J. Bushman

Brad J. Bushman

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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 over 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).

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 43210-1339
United States

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

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