Video Archive

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

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

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

Putting (Neuro)science to Work for Peace with Emile Bruneau

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Distinguished Lecture Series Using the lens of cognitive
Author: Date: Mar 14, 2016

Emile Bruneau: Tweaking the Empathy Gap

A brief clip in which Emile discusses his postdoctoral work at Rebecca Saxe's lab at the McGovern Institute for
Author: Date: Nov 23, 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.