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Amos N. Tversky Professor of Communication Studies & Psychology
Office Location(s): 5380 North Quad
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L. Rowell Huesmann is Amos N. Tversky Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Psychology at the University of Michigan and Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Huesmann’s research focuses on understanding the psychological foundations of aggressive behavior and in particular on understanding how the observations of others behaving violently influences the development of a youth’s aggressive and violent behavior. His theory is that, through observations of others, youth acquire cognitive scripts that guide their behavior, characteristic emotional reactions that motivate their behaviors, and normative beliefs that filter out inappropriate behaviors. Over the past 45 years, Huesmann has authored over 100 widely cited scientific articles and books including Growing Up To Be Violent (1977), Television and the Aggressive Child (1986), and Aggressive Behavior (1994). He is Editor of the international journal Aggressive Behavior and was the 2005 recipient of the American Psychological Association's award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology. He has testified frequently before congress and directed several national committees examining the causes of violence. He is a member of the USA National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention. He is a past President of the International Society for Research on Aggression and a life member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge. He received his BS at the University of Michigan in 1964 and his PhD at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969. Prior to being on the faculty at Michigan, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Professor of Psychology and chair of the psychology department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Ann Arbor, MI