Fried, C., & Johanson, J. (2008, July). Sexual and violent media’s inhibition of advertisement memory: Effect or artifact?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38(7), 1716-1735. Retrieved June 11, 2009, doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00366.x

Research (Bushman, 2005; Bushman & Bonacci, 2002) has claimed to demonstrate that sexual and violent content in television programs inhibits viewers’ memory for advertisements. However, that research failed to adequately control other aspects of the programs’ content, making interpretation problematic. The present paper attempts to correct these flaws. Studies 1 and 2 demonstrate that if other aspects of show content are held constant, sex and violence alone do not affect memory for advertisements. Study 3 provides evidence that while sex or violence does not affect memory, other aspects of program content (e.g., plot, humor) do have a significant influence on advertisement memory. Implications of this research on the interpretation of previous research are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)