Prof. Dr. Brad J. Bushman

Full Professor

Professor of Communication, Professor of Psychology  

Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication
School of Communication
The Ohio State University
3127 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1339
Tel: (614) 292 - 3400
Office: (614) 688-8779
Fax: (614) 292 - 2055


          Icoontje Google Scholar



  • Gaming/games
  • Agression/violence



guest lecturer in the PhD program of the Research School of Social Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam.


Current lines of research

My research focuses on the causes and consequences of human aggression. 
It has challenged several societal myths (e.g., violent media have a trival effect on aggression, venting anger reduces aggression, violent people suffer


Selected Publications

  • Anderson, C. A., Shibuya, A., Ihori, N., Swing, E. L., Bushman, B. J., Sakamoto, A., Rothstein, H. R., Saleem, M., & Barlett, C. P. (2010). Violent video game effects on aggression, empathy, and prosocial behavior in Eastern and Western countries: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 136(2), 151-173. 
  • Bègue, L., Bushman, B. J., Giancola, P. R., Subra, B., & Rosset, E. (2010). There is no such thing as an accident, especially when people are drunk. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(10), 1301-1304.
  • Bushman, B. J., & Gibson, B. (in press). Violent video games cause an increase in aggression long after the game has been turned off.  Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Bushman, B. J., & Huesmann, L. R. (2010). Aggression. In S. T. Fiske, D. T. Gilbert, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (5th ed., Ch. 23, pp. 833-863). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Bushman, B. J., Rothstein, H. R., & Anderson, C. A. (2010). Much ado about something: Violent video game effects and a school of red herring — Reply to Ferguson and Kilburn (2010). Psychological Bulletin, 136(2), 182-187.
  • Bushman, B. J., & Whitaker, J. L. (2010). Like a magnet: Catharsis beliefs attract angry people to violent video games. Psychological Science, 21(6), 790-792.
  • DeWall, C. N., Bushman, B. J., Giancola, P. R., & Webster, G. D. (2010). The big, the bad, and the boozed-up: Weight moderates the effect of alcohol on aggression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 619–623. Download article  Miller-McCune article
  • DeWall, C. N., Deckman, T., Gailliot, M. T., & Bushman, B. J. (in press). Sweetened blood cools hot tempers: Physiological self-control and aggression. Aggressive Behavior.
  • DeWall, C. N., Pond, R. S., & Bushman, B. J. (in press). Sweet revenge: Diabetic status as a predictor of interpersonal forgiveness. Personality and Individual Differences.
  • DeWall, C. N., Twenge, J. M., Bushman, B. J., Im, C., & Williams, K. D. (2010). A little acceptance goes a long way: Applying social impact theory to the rejection-aggression link. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1(2), 168-174.
  • Reijntjes, A, Thomaes, S., Bushman, B. J., Boelen, P. A., Orobio de Castro, B., & Telch, M. J. (in press). The outcast-lash-out effect in youth: Alienation increases aggression following peer rejection. Psychological Science.
  • Subra, B., Muller, D., Bègue, L., Bushman, B. J., & Delmas, F. (in press). Effects of alcohol and weapon cues on aggressive thoughts and behaviors. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Thomaes, S., Reijntjes, A., Orobio de Castro, B., Bushman, B. J., Poorthuis, A., & Telch, M. J. (in press). I like me if you like me: On the interpersonal modulation and regulation of preadolescents' state self-esteem. Child Development.
  • Bushman, B. J., & Anderson, C. A. (2009). Comfortably numb: Desensitizing effects of violent media on helping others. Psychological Science, 21(3), 273-277.    Podcast
  • Bushman, B. J., Baumeister, R. F., Thomaes, S., Ryu, E., Begeer, S., & West, S. G. (2009). Looking again, and harder, for a link between low self-esteem and aggression. Journal of Personality, 77(2), 427-446.
  • Das, E., Bushman, B. J., Bezemer, M. D., Kerkhof, P., & Vermeulen, I. E. (2009). How terrorism news reports increase prejudice against outgroups: A Terror Management account. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 453-459.
  • DeWall, C, N., & Bushman, B. J. (2009). Hot under the collar in a lukewarm environment:  Hot temperature primes increase aggressive thoughts and hostile perceptions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 1045-1047.
  • Gentile, D. A., Anderson, C. A., Yukawa, S., Ihori, N., Saleem, M., Ming, L. K., Liau, A. K., Khoo, A., Bushman, B. J., Huesmann, L. R., & Sakamoto, A. (2009). The effects of prosocial video games on prosocial behaviors: International evidence from correlational, longitudinal, and experimental studies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35(6), 752-763.  Economist story
  • Konrath, S., Bushman, B. J., & Grove, T. (2009). Seeing my world in a million little pieces:  Narcissism, self-construal, and cognitive-perceptual style. Journal of Personality, 77(4), 1197-1228.
  • Moeller, S. J., Crocker, J., & Bushman, B. J.  (2009). Creating hostility and conflict: Effects of entitlement and self-image goals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(2), 448-452.
  • Nije Bijvank, M., Konijn, E. A., Bushman, B. J., &  Roelofsma, P. H. M. P. (2009). Age and content labels make video games forbidden fruit for youth. Pediatrics, 123, 870-876.
  • Thomaes, S., Bushman, B. J., Orobio de Castro, B., Cohen, G. L., & Denissen, J. J. A. (2009). Reducing narcissistic aggression by buttressing self-esteem: An experimental field study. Psychological Science, 20(12), 1536-1542.  Science Editors' Choice
  • Thomaes, S., Bushman, B. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Stegge, H. (2009). What makes narcissists bloom? A framework for research on the etiology and development of narcissism. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 1233-1247.
  • Thomaes, S., Reijntjes, A., Orobio de Castro, B., & Bushman, B. J. (2009). Reality bites - or does it? Realistic self-views buffer negative mood following social threat. Psychological Science, 20(9), 1079-1080.
  • Van Baardewijk, Y., Stegge, H., Bushman, B. J., & Vermeiren, R. (2009). Psychopathic traits, victim distress and aggression in children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(6), 718-725.
  • Johnson, J. D., Bushman, B. J., &  Dovidio, J. F. (2008). Support for harmful treatment and reduction of empathy toward Blacks:"Remnants" of stereotype activation involving Hurricane Katrina and "Lil' Kim". Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1506-1513.
  • Pedersen, W. C., Bushman, B. J., Vasquez, E. A., & Miller, N. (2008). Kicking the (barking) dog effect: The moderating role of target attributes on triggered displaced aggression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34(10), 1382-1395.
  • Thomaes, S., Bushman, B. J., Stegge, H.,  Olthof, T. (2008). Trumping shame by blasts of noise: Narcissism, self-esteem, shame, and aggression in young adolescents. Child Development, 79(6), 1792-1801. Press release 
  • Thomaes, S., Stegge, H., Bushman, B. J., Olthof, T. (2008). Development and validation of the Childhood Narcissism Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 90, 382-391.
  • Twenge, J. M., Konrath, S., Foster, J. D., Campbell, W. K., & Bushman, B. J. (2008). Egos inflating over time: A cross-temporal meta-analysis of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, Journal of Personality, 76, 875-901. Download article  Research featured on ABC News 20/20 (25 January 2008)
  • Bushman, B. J., Ridge, R. D., Das, E., Key, C. W., & Busath, G. L.  (2007).  When God sanctions killing; Effect of scriptural violence on aggression.  Psychological Science, 18, 204-207.  APS press release  Download article  Nature article  ABC News story
  • Carnagey, N. L., Anderson. C. A., & Bushman, B. J. (2007). The effect of video game violence on physiological desensitization to real life violence. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 489-496
  • Konijn, E. A., Nije Bijvank, M., & Bushman, B. J. (2007). I wish I were a warrior: The role of wishful identification in effects of violent video games on aggression in adolescent boys. Developmental Psychology, 43, 1038-10044.
  • Bartholow, B. D., Bushman, B. J., & Sestir, M. A. (2006). Chronic violent video game exposure and desensitization to violence: Behavioral and event-related brain potential data. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 532-539. Science article    Tony Blair cites Bartholow, Bushman, & Sestir study
  • Bushman, B. J., & Huesmann, L. R. (2006). Short-term and long-term effects of violent media on aggression in children and adults. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 160, 348-352.
  • Konrath, S., Bushman, B. J., & Campbell, W. K. (2006). Attenuating the link between threatened egotism and aggression. Psychological Science, 17, 995-1001.



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