Latest Brad Bushman Stories

Narcissist Questionnaire
2014-08-06 05:06:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you’re looking for a foolproof way to determine whether or not someone is a vain or egotistical, the authors of a new PLOS ONE study have come up with what they claim is a foolproof way to find out by asking just one simple question. The question in question – “To what extent do you agree with this statement: ‘I am a narcissist.’” For their study, Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at the...

Violent Video Games Self Control Unethical Behavior
2013-11-25 14:55:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ever since the horrific incident at Columbine High School, violent video games and mass shootings have been intertwined. Now, a new study from an international team of researchers has found playing violent video games not only increases aggression but can also cause players to exhibit less self-control and more unethical behaviors. The study researchers found these effects were strongest in teenage participants who scored high on a...

Gun Violence In PG-13 Movies Has Tripled Since 1985
2013-11-11 10:18:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The amount of gun violence depicted in ‘PG-13’ movies has tripled since 1985, the first full year the rating was in use, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. The international team of study authors noted that the amount of gun violence in the most popular PG-13 movies of 2011 and 2012 was much greater than R-rated movies of the same time span. "It's shocking how gun use has skyrocketed in movies that are often...

Beer Goggles Work Both Ways
2013-09-13 08:31:48

[ Watch the Video: Looking Through Beer Goggles ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research has found that beer goggles work both ways; not only does a person who’s indulged in a few drinks find other people more attractive, they also find themselves more attractive. In fact, the researchers say it only takes one drink for people to begin seeing themselves through beer-colored lenses. Though the condition is popularly referred to as 'beer goggles,' the...

Parents Fulfill Broken Dreams Through Their Kids
2013-06-20 13:09:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study in the journal PLOS ONE has reached the same conclusion that many of us have intuited after watching the reality show “Toddlers and Tiaras": some parents see their children as a means for fulfilling their own unrealized ambitions or desires. "Right from the beginning of psychology, there have been theories that parents transfer their own broken dreams onto their children," said study co-author Brad Bushman, a professor of...

Thrill Of Crime Linked To Violent Games
2013-03-12 15:28:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Do you enjoy the rush you get from a night spent carjacking playing the latest Grand Theft Auto game? Well, a new study suggests that the thrills you get from that game could be due to the frustrations of being denied the chance to commit real crimes. A report from Ohio State researchers appeared recently in the journal Psychological Science suggesting that people who are frustrated in their attempts to cheat or steal are more likely...

Violent Video Games Leads To Cumulative Violence
2012-12-10 15:48:30

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s been another study released which further supports a theory that mothers have known for decades: Violent video games can bring out the aggressive side of the kids who play them. This new Ohio State University study is the first to provide evidence that the negative side effects from playing video games can actually build and grow over time. After studying a group of gamers for 3 consecutive days, Brad Bushman,...

2012-04-30 15:33:03

Just 20 minutes of playing a violent shooting video game made players more accurate when firing a realistic gun at a mannequin - and more likely to aim for and hit the head, a new study found. Players who used a pistol-shaped controller in a shooting video game with human targets had 99 percent more completed head shots to the mannequin than did participants who played other video games, as well as 33 percent more shots that hit other parts of the body. In addition, the study found that...

What Makes A Drunk Become Aggressive?
2011-12-20 04:10:33

Drinking enough alcohol to become intoxicated increases aggression significantly in people who have one particular personality trait, according to new research. But people without that trait don´t get any more aggressive when drunk than they would when they´re sober. That trait is the ability to consider the future consequences of current actions. “People who focus on the here and now, without thinking about the impact on the future, are more aggressive than others...

2011-04-21 11:47:26

How much scientific evidence is there for and against the assertion that exposure to video game violence can harm teens? Three researchers have developed a novel method to consider that question: they analyzed the research output of experts who filed a brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving violent video games and teens. Their conclusion? Experts who say violent video games are harmful to teens have published much more evidence supporting their claims than have experts on the other side...

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