NOVA: Modern Politics Activates the Brain’s Ancient Wiring

Dr. Emile Bruneau on NOVA | PBS: Research on the biology of political beliefs provides insight
Author: Date: Nov 9, 2018

The Psychology of Dehumanization

Dr. Emile Bruneau on Top of Mind: Throughout history humans have justified atrocities by defining victims
Author: Date: Jul 31, 2018

Of all the ways in which we try to reduce Islamophobia, which works best?

After establishing a link between collective blame of Muslims and anti-Muslim attitudes and behavior, we used
Author: Date: Oct 31, 2017

Finding Humanity in Alien Eyes

Finding Humanity in Alien Eyes What science fiction films can tell us about protecting against genocide
Author: Date: Feb 27, 2017

The Ascent of Man: Theoretical and Empirical Evidence for Blatant Dehumanization

A novel measure of blatant dehumanization reveals that this perception is prevalent in Western societies, and
Author: Date: Feb 27, 2017

Parochial Empathy Predicts Reduced Altruism and the Endorsement of Passive Harm

Empathic failures are common in hostile intergroup contexts; repairing empathy is therefore a major focus of
Author: Date: Oct 31, 2016

They see us as less than human: Metadehumanization predicts intergroup conflict

The question of how group members respond to perceived outgroup dehumanization of their group is both
Author: Date: Oct 31, 2016

Welcome

Dr. Emile Bruneau is a social and cognitive scientist who is director of the Peace and
Author: Date: Jul 18, 2016

Undergrad RA positions available

Apply to be an undergrad (or recent grad) research assistant for the Summer of 2019! Application
Author: Date: Feb 13, 2019

Brain Imaging Finds Dislike & Dehumanization May Be Different Processes

The findings have strong implications for the current migrant situation in America. While polls have shown
Author: Date: Jul 11, 2018

Ability to Dehumanize Immigrants Stems From a Unique Part of the Brain

“High dehumanization and low prejudice is the perfect profile of paternalism,” Emile Bruneau, Ph.D., said in the statement.
Author: Date: Jul 11, 2018

The Dark Psychology Of Dehumanizing Migrants Revealed By Brain Scans

Humans are capable of doing some horrific things to each other. Much of this is only
Author: Date: Jul 11, 2018

Dislike And Dehumanization Are Two Different Psychological Processes, Study Shows

“When people are dehumanizing others, they are mobilizing different brain regions than when they are registering
Author: Date: Jul 2, 2018

Immigration Nation

Dr. Emile Bruneau discusses dehumanization of immigrants on NPR One. Listen to the full story here.
Author: Date: Jun 29, 2018

In the brain, ‘dislike’ and ‘dehumanization’ are not the same thing.

It has long been thought that characterizing people as less than human was an expression of
Author: Date: Jun 28, 2018

There's a Distinct Brain Function Behind Prejudice

"When people are dehumanizing others, they are mobilizing different brain regions than when they are registering
Author: Date: Jun 26, 2018

Why it matters when the president calls people, even violent gang members, ‘animals’

“These aren’t people,” President Trump said Wednesday at a White House meeting with California officials. “These
Author: Date: May 23, 2018

To stop collective blame of Muslims, reference Christian terrorists

The month following the November 2015 Paris terrorist attack, incidents of hate crimes in the United
Author: Date: Jan 26, 2018

Emile Bruneau on 3-Minute Storyteller

Have you ever used social media to try to influence your friends? Did you ever wonder
Author: Date: Jan 26, 2018

The Best Way to Combat Anti-Muslim Bias

New research finds that directly hinting at the hypocrisy of an Islamophobic stance can make people
Author: Date: Jan 23, 2018

Why we fight

Emile Bruneau: Wafa Idriss was a child living in Palestine during the First Intifada. When she
Author: Date: Jan 15, 2018

Reaching the Heart by Changing the Mind: Reducing Anti-Muslim Hostility Through a ‘Wise’ Socratic Activity

Reaching the Heart by Changing the Mind: Reducing Anti-Muslim Hostility Through a ‘Wise’ Socratic Activity  On
Author: Date: Dec 19, 2017

All Muslims are often blamed for single acts of terror. Psychology explains how to stop it.

You can’t fight prejudice with name calling. Here’s one strategy that actually works. Full article here.
Author: Date: Dec 4, 2017

The unique effects of blatant dehumanization on attitudes and behavior towards Muslim refugees during the European 'Refugee Crisis' across four countries.

Bruneau, E., Kteily, N., & Laustsen, L. (In Press). The unique effects of blatant dehumanization on attitudes
Author: Date: Nov 22, 2017

The Good and Bad of Empathy

New insights into the underpinnings of empathy might help us harness the emotion—just when we need
Author: Date: Nov 17, 2017

A Conversation With Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneau

What led you into this line of research?  What types of methods/tools have you used to
Author: Date: Nov 1, 2017

Collectively blaming groups for the actions of individuals can license vicarious retribution. Acts of terrorism by Muslim
extremists against innocents, and the spikes in anti-Muslim hate crimes against innocent Muslims that follow, suggest that
reciprocal bouts of collective blame can spark cycles of violence. How can this cycle be short-circuited? After establishing a
link between collective blame of Muslims and anti-Muslim attitudes and behavior, we used an “interventions tournament” to
identify a successful intervention (among many that failed). The “winning” intervention reduced collective blame of Muslims
by highlighting hypocrisy in the ways individuals collectively blame Muslims—but not other groups (White Americans,
Christians)—for individual group members’ actions. After replicating the effect in an independent sample, we demonstrate
that a novel interactive activity that isolates the psychological mechanism amplifies the effectiveness of the collective blame
hypocrisy intervention and results in downstream reductions in anti-Muslim attitudes and anti-Muslim behavior.