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PTC Congratulates Anderson and Bushman for Receiving 2017 Kurt Lewin Award

Release Date: 12/16/2016

LOS ANGELES (December 16, 2016) – The Parents Television Council offered congratulations to Dr. Craig Anderson, distinguished professor of psychology at Iowa State University, and Dr. Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology and the Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication at The Ohio State University, for receiving the 2017 Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. They received this award for "outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action.”

“We offer our congratulations to Brad and Craig for their invaluable contribution to the health and welfare of children across the nation and throughout the world. Despite the countless resources being invested by those who produce, distribute, and profit from harmful media, these scholars are working in the trenches every day to fight for the truth about the media’s impact on children. This is a wonderful and worthy recognition for these two prominent professors,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

Per their bios, “Craig Anderson is considered by many to be the world's leading expert on violent video game effects. His 2001 video game meta-analysis article (in Psychological Science, with Brad Bushman) has been cited over 2000 times. Brad Busman has published about 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been cited about 30,000 times. His research has challenged several myths (e.g., violent media have a trivial effect on aggression, venting anger reduces aggression, violent people suffer from low self-esteem, violence and sex sell products, warning labels reduce audience size).”

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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