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Research is oriented toward the construction of cognitive information processing models for explaining social behavior. His particular interest in recent years has been to understand the development of habitual aggressive and violent behavior in children and young adults. A central focus in this research has been to elaborate the role of media violence in teaching violent behavior and in molding the subcultural norms that influence behavior. Currently Professor Huesmann is completing a 15-year longitudinal study of the development of aggression in children in four nations. He is also analyzing data from two violence prevention research projects involving over 4,000 school children in the United States. With support from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, he and his colleagues are also conducting a follow-up study of aggression in the children of 856 people who were first studied in 1960 when they themselves were 8 years old. Finally, with support from the National Consortium for Violence Research he has been examining aggressive and non-aggressive males' differential emotional responses to scenes of violence.