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The Ohio State University

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication

The Ohio State University School of Communication
Jodi Whitaker
Jodi Whitaker
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Brad Bushman

Research Interests:

New Media, Media Effects, Media Psychology, Mood Management, Selective Exposure, Video Game Play, and Media Entertainment


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Whitaker, J. L., & Bushman, B. J. (In press).  “Boom, headshot”: Effect of video game play and controller type on firing aim and accuracy. Communication Research.

Whitaker, J. L., Melzer, A., Steffgen, G., & Bushman, B. J. (2013). The allure of the forbidden: Breaking taboos, frustration, and attraction to violent games. Psychological Science, 4, 507-513.

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, 88-92.

Bushman, B. J., & Whitaker, J. L. (2010). Like a magnet: Catharsis beliefs attract angry people to violent violent video games. Psychological Science, 21(6), 790-792.

Whitaker, J. L., & Bushman, B. J. (2009). A review of the effects of violent video games on children and adolescents. Washington and Lee Law Review, 66(3), 1033-1051.

Whitaker, J. L., & Bushman, B. J. (2009). Online dangers: Keeping children and adolescents safe. Washington and Lee Law Review, 66(3), 1053-1063.

Benjamin, L. T., Whitaker, J. L., Ramsey, R. M., & Zeve, D. R. (2007). John B. Watson’s alleged sex research: An appraisal of the evidence. American Psychologist, 62(2), 131-139.

Revise and Resubmit

Velez, J., Greitmeyer, T., Whitaker, J. L., Ewoldsen, D. R., & Bushman, B. J. (Under review). Violent video games and reciprocity norms: The attenuating effects of cooperation and game play on subsequent aggression.  Communication Research.

Book Chapters

Whitaker, J. L., Velez, J., & Knobloch-Westerwick, S. (2012). Mood management and selective exposure with new media. In W. Wirth et al. (Series Ed.) & L. Reinecke & S. Trepte (Vol. Eds.), Entertainment research: Entertainment in new media. Koln: Herbert von Halem Verlag.

Bushman, B. J., Huesmann, L. R., & Whitaker, J. L. (2009). Violent media effects. In R. L. Nabi & M. B. Oliver (Eds.), Media processes and effects (pp. 361-376). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Encyclopedia Entries

Bushman, B. J., & Whitaker, J. L. (2012). Media influence on behavior. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human behavior (2e), 571-575. Amsterdam: Elsevier.