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Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D.
Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication and Psychology, Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication
(614) 688-8779
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(614) 292-2055
School of Communication
The Ohio State University
3127 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1339
USA
@BradJBushman
bjbushman

Qualifications:

Ph.D (Social Psychology), 1989, University of Missouri 
M.A. (Statistics), 1990, University of Missouri
M.A. (Psychology), 1987, University of Missouri 
M.Ed. (Secondary Education), 1985, Utah State University 
B.S. (Psychology), 1984, Weber State University

Courses Taught:

Communication in Society (COMM 1100)
Violent Media (COMM 3442)
Social Psychology (PSYCH 3325)
Advanced Research Methods in Communication (COMM 8801) 

Quick Introduction:

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 about 30 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 170 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 he 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 even calls him the "myth buster.") His research 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).

People behind the science interview: 
Brad J. Bushman (18 May 2014)

Psychology Today blogs (125,000+ readers):

Research:

President Obama's Committee on gun violence:
Agenda
Bushman's PowerPoint
Report 

National Science Foundation (NSF) youth violence advisory committee:
Report
Bushman's Congressional testimony

Ig Nobel Prize Winner (2013)
Science Friday (psychology prize about 18 min)
Certificate (signed by three Nobel Laureates)
TEN TRILLION DOLLAR prize money (from Zimbabwe, worth about $4 USD)

Popular press coverage:

ANGER MANAGEMENT
Venting anger doesn't work
"O" (Oprah Winfrey) magazine
New York Times

Revenge tastes "sweet," but doesn't work 
NPR

Self-distancing works
Wall Street Journal
ABC News

Prayer works
Fox News 
The Columbus Dispatch


WHO IS MOST AGGRESSIVE?
Hungry people are (hungry+angry=hangry)
ABC World News with Diane Sawyer
Good Morning America
Fox & Friends
NPR
Science
Economist
CNN 
New York Times Magazine


Winners (not losers) are
The Atlantic

Narcissists (not people with low self esteem) are 
Newsweek
ABC News 20/20
Single Item Narcissism Scale (SINS)


FACTORS THAT INCREASE AND DECREASE AGGRESSION
Hot temperatures increase violent crime
National Geographic
USA Today 

Alcohol increases aggression

Scientific American

NBC News
USA Today

Relaxing video games decrease aggression

Reuters
Chicago Tribune


VIOLENT MEDIA
Black violent avatars increase racism and aggression 
U.S. News & World Report

U.S. Supreme Court case on violent video games
Wired
NPR

"Boom headshot:" Violent games increase firing accuracy
Discovery News

Violent video game effects
PBS NewsHour
O'Reilly Factor
Violence in Video Games — What Parents Need to Know
Science News for Students

More gun violence in PG-13 films (13+) than in R-rated films (17+)
LA Times cartoon
New York Times

NPR
Entertainment Weekly

Do violence and sex on TV sell products?
PBS NewsHour

Violent scriptures increase aggression
Nature
ABC News


SELF-ESTEEM TRUMPS SEX, MONEY, & OTHER REWARDS

New York Times
USA Today
Time

PARENTING TIPS
The right (and wrong) way to praise kids
Parade
Wall Street Journal
Wired

Inflated praise backfires with low self-esteem kids
The Atlantic
Newsweek
The Onion (bogus, humorous news)
Wired

Tiger moms and sports dads
Time

THE POWER OF A UNIFORM
Time

USE A MIRROR TO LOSE WEIGHT 
10 Amazing Ways To Stop Overeating
Chicago Tribune
Health