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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

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

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 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

How To Keep Friends And Influence Yourself

"Can facts change beliefs?  Research is still being done on the topic. But, the fact that it’s unclear
Author: Date: Jul 27, 2017

Penn professor uses science to bridge the political divide

"Emile Bruneau recently invited Muslim students and staff at the University of Pennsylvania to help him
Author: Date: Apr 3, 2017

Trump says his travel ban will make America safer. Our research shows it will do the exact opposite.

It is clear that Trump’s policies reflect a sea change in the American approach to national
Author: Date: Jan 30, 2017

The Brain's Empathy Gap

"What role does group identity play? Does authority make us passive or just reinforce our belief
Author: Date: Mar 19, 2015

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.