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

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

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

Parochial empathy predicts reduced altruism and the endorsement of passive harm

Bruneau, E. G., Cikara, M., & Saxe, R. (2017). Parochial Empathy Predicts Reduced Altruism and the
Author: Date: Jul 9, 2017

Giving the Underdog a Leg Up: A Counternarrative of Nonviolent Resistance Improves Sustained Third-Party Support of a Disempowered Group

Bruneau, E., Lane, D., & Saleem, M. (2017). Giving the Underdog a Leg Up: exposure to
Author: Date: Jul 9, 2017

Darker Demons of our Nature: The Need to (Re-)Focus Attention on Blatant Forms of Dehumanization.

Kteily, N. S., & Bruneau, E. (2017).Darker Demons of our Nature: The Need to (Re-)Focus Attention
Author: Date: Jun 14, 2017

Backlash: The Politics and Real-World Consequences of Minority Group Dehumanization

Kteily, N.*, & Bruneau, E.* (2017). Backlash- The Politics and Real-World Consequences of Minority Group Dehumanization.
Author: Date: Jun 9, 2017

‘Radio Times’: Breaking Down Ideological Battle Lines

‘Radio Times’: Breaking Down Ideological Battle Lines https://whyy-od.streamguys1.com/radiotimes/052317_100630.mp3 "In these increasingly polarized times, it can be
Author: Date: May 23, 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

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

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

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

Welcome

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

They see us as less than human: Meta-dehumanization predicts intergroup conflict via reciprocal dehumanization

Kteily, N., Hodson, G., & Bruneau, E. (2016). They see us as less than human: Meta-dehumanization predicts
Author: Date: Jul 9, 2016

Localizing Pain Matrix and Theory of Mind networks with both verbal and non-verbal stimuli

Jacoby, N., Bruneau, E., Koster-Hale, J., & Saxe, R. (2016). Localizing Pain Matrix and Theory of
Author: Date: Jul 9, 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.