Undergraduate Research Assistant (RA) Position
Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab
Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab
University of Pennsylvania

The Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, directed by Dr. Emile Bruneau, and in collaboration with Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, is seeking summer research assistants. This 8-week at 30hr/week (negotiable) paid ($4,500 summer stipend) internship has an anticipated start date of June 2019. RAs will have the option to work in Philadelphia, PA or New York City. The research assistants will work closely with the postdoctoral researchers (Drs. Samantha Moore-Berg and Boaz Hameiri) on projects aimed at identifying the psychological drivers of real-world social conflict, injustice and inequality, and/or affecting change in these intergroup contexts. Applicants with specific interest or direct experience with conflict and/or discrimination are particularly encouraged to apply. This internship is designed to help individuals strengthen their research skills and will include ongoing mentoring and guidance from skilled researchers.

Research assistant responsibilities will include:

• Assisting postdocs and graduate students with a variety of day-to-day research tasks, such as assisting with data collection, data coding, data analysis, programming surveys on Qualtrics, developing IRB proposals, and conducting literature reviews.
• Attending weekly research meetings and workshops.

Research experience in a related field (e.g., psychology, communication, political science, sociology) and strong computer and organizational skills is preferred.

In order to apply, applicants should submit (1) a cover letter describing their qualifications, research interests, relevant coursework, and personal career goals (titled as LastName_CoverLetter), (2) a CV/resume (titled as LastName_CV), and (3) the contact information for up to two references. The first round of application reviews will begin on March 18, 2019. Please send all application materials and inquiries to pcnl.penn@gmail.com with the subject line “Summer 2019 RA Position”.

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.