Brad J. Bushman is the Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication Professor at The Ohio State University. He also has an appointment in psychology. He has published extensively on the causes and consequences of human aggression. His work has questioned the utility of catharsis, and relates also to violent video game effects on aggression. Along with Roy Baumeister, his work suggests that it is narcissism, not low self-esteem, that causes people to act more aggressively after an insult. Bushman's research has been featured in Newsweek, on the CBS Evening News, on 20/20, and on National Public Radio. He has also been featured on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. He earned his BS in psychology from Weber State College (now Weber State University) in 1984 and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1989 and holds three master's degrees (in psychology, statistics, and secondary education). Since 2005, Bushman has spent the summers as a professor of communication science at VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to joining the Ohio State University, Bushman was a professor at University of Michigan and at Iowa State University.
He was awarded an Ig Nobel award in psychology in 2013 for his work about attractiveness of drunk people. In 2014 he received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology award from the American Psychological Association.
- "This Is Your Brain on Alien Killer Pimps of Nazi Doom". Newsweek. December 11, 2006. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- "Army Recruits Video Gamers". CBS Evening News. March 30, 2004. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- "Narcissism on the Rise in America". ABC News 20/20. January 23, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- "A Thousand Tiny Cuts: Life's Small Annoyances". National Public Radio. March 31, 2005. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
- "'Beer goggle' study wins Ig Nobel award". BBC News. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
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