Jodi Whitaker

About Jodi Whitaker

Jodi Whitaker (MA, University of Michigan) joined the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2014.  Her program of research focuses on media effects, aggression and violence in the media, and selective exposure to new media.  She specializes in research on video games.  Her current research projects examine the interaction of beliefs, attitudes, and emotions on attraction to violent video games; the effects of long-exposure or "binge" media consumption; and the effects of emerging interactive technology such as the Oculus Rift.  Her research has been published in both communication and social psychology journals, including Communication Research, Psychological Science, and Social Psychological and Personality Science.  She teaches courses in media effects, video game research, persuasive speaking, and media violence.

Areas of Study

  • Media Effects
  • Video Game Research
  • Aggression
  • Binge-Viewing


Selected Publications

Velez, J., Greitmeyer, T., Whitaker, J. L., Ewoldsen, D. R., & Bushman, B. J. (In press). Violent video games and reciprocity norms: The attenuating effects of cooperation and game play on subsequent aggression. Communication Research.

Whitaker, J. L., Melzer, A., Steffgen, G., & Bushman, B. J. (2013). The allure of the forbidden: Breaking taboos, frustration, and attraction to violent games. Psychological Science, 4, 507-513.

Whitaker, J. L., & Bushman, B. J. (2012). "Remain calm. Be kind": Effects of relaxing video games on aggressive and prosocial behavior.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 88-92.

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.

Whitaker, J. L., & Bushman, B. J. (2009). A review of the effects of violent video games on children and adolescents. Washington and Lee Law Review, 66(3), 1033-1051.

Benjamin, L. T., Whitaker, J. L., Ramsey, R. M., & Zeve, D. R. (2007). John B. Watson’s alleged sex research: An appraisal of the evidence. American Psychologist, 62(2), 131-139.

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Contact Information

Jodi Whitaker
Telephone: (520) 621-621-0953
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 221


M.A.  (2009)  Social Psychology, University of Michigan

B.A.  (2006)  Psychology, Texas A&M University


Courses Taught

  • Comm 309 - Media Effects
  • Comm 318 - Persuasion
  • Comm 406 - Violence in Mass Media and Society
  • Comm 696V - Graduate Seminar in Video Game Research

Catalog Courses by Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences