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Brad J. Bushman, PhD Biography

Professor of Communication and Psychology at The Ohio State University
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“People want to believe that if millions of people play violent video games and they don’t all become killers, then those games must be harmless. Unfortunately, that’s not true. We haven’t ‘proven’ video games directly cause violence because it can’t be proven. There is no way to ethically run experiments that see if some threshold of playing a violent game like Call of Duty may push a person into violence. But that doesn’t mean we are left without evidence. We know that video game violence is certainly correlated with violence – just like smoking is correlated with lung cancer. However, this does not mean that the research does not show causal effects; in fact it does, over and over again. We recently conducted a comprehensive review of 136 articles reporting 381 effects involving over 130,000 participants from around the world. These studies show that violent video games increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure), and aggressive behavior. Violent games also decrease helping behavior and feelings of empathy for others. The effects occurred for males and females of all ages, regardless of what country they lived in. So the question then becomes why people and journalists repeatedly shrug off this compelling body of work.”

“Why Do People Deny Violent Media Effects?,”, Feb. 18, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology (Bucharest, Romania), 2014-present
  • Affiliate, Criminal Justice Research Center, The Ohio State University, 2013-present
  • Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication, Communication Department, The Ohio State University, 2010-present
  • Professor of Psychology, The Ohio State University, 2010-present
  • Adjunct Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2010-present
  • Professor, Communication Science, VU University (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), 2005-present
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Kent (Canterbury, England), 2011-2014
  • Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2006-2010
  • Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, 2003-2010
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 2003-2010
  • Visiting Professor, Warsaw School of Social Psychology (Poland), 2005
  • Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2003-2005
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, 2002-2003
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, 1990-2002
  • Instructor, University of Missouri, 1985-1990
  • MA, Statistics, University of Missouri, 1990
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Missouri, 1989
  • MA, Psychology, University of Missouri, 1987
  • MEd, Secondary Education, Utah State University, 1985
  • BS, magna cum laude, Psychology, Weber State University, 1984
  • Twitter handle: @BradJBushman
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, President Obama’s Committee on Gun Violence
  • Co-chair, Advisory Committee on Youth Violence, National Science Foundation
  • Member, European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), International Communication Association (ICA), American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Research Synthesis Methodology(SRSM), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Netherlands School of Communications Research (NESCoR), present
  • Member, Association for Psychological Science(APS), 2009-present
  • Associate Editor, Entertainment Computing, 2008-present
  • Member, Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), 1994-present
  • Member, International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA), 1984-present
  • Recipient, Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology, American Psychological Association, 2014
  • Recipient, Ig Nobel Psychology Prize, 2013
  • Recipient, Outstanding Psychology Alumni Award, Weber State University, Mar. 14, 2013
  • Associate Editor, Aggressive Behavior, 1994-2004, 2012-2013
  • Associate Editor, Psychological Science, 2005-2007
  • Associate Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2000-2002
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