Brad Bushman

Brad Bushman

Brad Bushman

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


3127 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human


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

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, Jim Lehrer NewsHour, O'Reilly Factor), on radio (BBC, NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, CBC) in magazines (e.g., Scientific American, Newsweek, Time, Health, Sports Illustrated), and in newspapers (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today).