Brad J. Bushman

Brad J. Bushman

Brad J. Bushman

Professor of Communication, Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication

(614) 688 - 8779

3022 Derby Hall
154 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

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Skype: bjbushman


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)
Violence in Society and Violence in the Media (COMM 3442)
Social Psychology (PSYCH 3325)
Advanced Research Methods in Communication (COMM 8801) 

Quick Introduction:

Brad J. Bushman studies the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. He was  a member of President Obama’s committee on gun violence, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on the topic of youth 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 even calls him the "myth buster.") He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been cited over 35,000 times. 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). In 2017, he received the Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action” (jointly with Craig Anderson).