Radio Archive

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

Immigration Nation

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

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

‘Radio Times’: Breaking Down Ideological Battle Lines

‘Radio Times’: Breaking Down Ideological Battle Lines "In these increasingly polarized times, it can be
Author: Date: May 23, 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.