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Author: Date: Feb 13, 2019

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 power of being heard: The benefits of ‘perspective-giving’ in the context of intergroup conflict

Experimental online encounters between Israelis and Palestinians reveal the asymmetric psychological needs that help foster reconciliation
Author: Date: Feb 27, 2017

Distinct roles of the ‘Shared Pain’ and ‘Theory of Mind’ networks in processing others’ emotional suffering

Distinct brain regions are associated with empathizing for others’ physical pain versus their emotional suffering. Download
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


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

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

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.