Brad Bushman

Professor of Communication and Psychology

Brad Bushman

College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 614-688-8779
Topics: violence, video games, self-esteem


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)

Brad J. Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, and a professor of communication science at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the summer. He studies the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. 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.") He has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including in the top scientific journals (e.g., Science, Nature). His research has been featured on television (e.g., ABC News 20/20, CBS Evening News, PBS NewsHour, O'Reilly Factor), on radio (e.g., BBC, NPR) in magazines (e.g., Newsweek, Time, Health, Sports Illustrated, Wired), and in newspapers (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today).

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