About Jodi Whitaker
Jodi Whitaker (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2013) 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
Video Game Research
Whitaker, J. L., & Bushman, B. J. (In press). “Boom, headshot”: Effect of video game play and controller type on firing aim and accuracy. Communication Research.
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.
Ph.D. (2013) Communication, The Ohio State University
Dissertation: Attraction to Violent Video Games: A Mood Management Perspective
M.A. (2009) Social Psychology, University of Michigan
Dissertation: Catharsis Beliefs and Motivaion to Play Violent Video Games
B.A. (2006) Psychology, Texas A&M University
Comm 309 - Media Effects
Comm 318 - Persuasion
Comm 406 - Violence in Mass Media and Society
Comm 696V - Graduate Seminar in Video Game Research