Orosz, G., Bruneau, E., Tropp, L., Sebestyen, N., Toth-Kiraly, I., Bothe, B. (In Press) What Predicts Anti-Roma Prejudice? Qualitative and quantitative analysis of everyday sentiments about the Roma. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Bruneau, E., Jacoby, N., Kteily, N., & Saxe, R. (In Press) Denying humanity: The distinct neural correlates of blatant dehumanization. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.


Bruneau, E., Kteily, N., & Laustsen, L. (2017). The unique effects of blatant dehumanization on attitudes and behavior towards Muslim refugees during the European 'Refugee Crisis' across four countries. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Bruneau, E., Kteily, N., Falk, E. (2017). Interventions highlighting hypocrisy reduce collective blame of Muslims for individual acts of violence and assuage anti-Muslim hostility. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin44(3), 430–448.

You can read more about this research in the Pacific Standard, Vox, and Penn Today, as well as in the SPSP Character and Context Blog.

Kteily, N, Bruneau, E. (2017). Darker Demons of our Nature: The Need to (Re-)Focus Attention on Blatant Forms of DehumanizationCurrent Directions in Psychological Science26(6), 487–494.

Bruneau EG, Cikara M, Saxe R. (2017). Parochial empathy predicts reduced altruism and the endorsement of passive harm. Social Psychological and Personality Science8(8), 934-942.

Bruneau EG, Lane D, Saleem M. (2017). Giving the underdog a leg up: A counternarrative of nonviolent resistance improves sustained  third-party support of a disempowered groupSocial Psychological and Personality Science, 8(7), 746–757.

Bruneau, E., & Kteily, N. (2017). The enemy as animal: Symmetric dehumanization during asymmetric warfare. PloS One, 12(7), e0181422.

Kteily, N.*, & Bruneau, E.* (2017). Backlash: The Politics and Real-World Consequences of Minority Group DehumanizationPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43(1), 87-104. [*equal contribution]


Kteily, N., Hodson, G., & Bruneau, E. (2016). They see us as less than human: Metadehumanization predicts intergroup conflict via reciprocal dehumanizationJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110(3), 343.

Jacoby, N., Bruneau, E., Koster-Hale, J., & Saxe, R. (2016). Localizing Pain Matrix and Theory of Mind networks with both verbal and non-verbal stimuliNeuroImage, 126, 39-48.


Kteily, N.*, Bruneau, E.*, Waytz, A., & Cotterill, S. (2015). The Ascent of Man: Theoretical and Empirical Evidence for Blatant DehumanizationJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109(5), 901. [*equal contribution]

Bruneau, E., Jacoby, N., & Saxe, R. (2015). Empathic control through coordinated interaction of amygdala, theory of mind and extended pain matrix brain regionsNeuroimage, 114, 105-119.

Bruneau, E. (2015). Putting Neuroscience to Work for Peace. The social psychology of intractable conflicts: The Israeli-Palestinian case and beyond, A tribute to the legacy of Daniel Bar-Tal (eds.) Keren Sharvit and Eran Halperin.

Bruneau, E., Cikara, M., & Saxe, R. (2015). Minding the Gap: Narrative Descriptions about Mental States Attenuate Parochial EmpathyPloS One, 10(10), e0140838.


Cikara, M., Bruneau, E., Van Bavel, J., & Saxe, R. (2014). Their pain gives us pleasure: How intergroup dynamics shape empathic failures and counter-empathic responsesJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 110-125.


Bruneau, E., & Saxe, R. (2012). The power of being heard: The benefits of ‘perspective-giving’ in the context of intergroup conflictJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(4), 855–866.

Bruneau, E., Pluta, A., & Saxe, R. (2012). Distinct roles of the ‘Shared Pain’ and ‘Theory of Mind’ networks in processing others’ emotional sufferingNeuropsychologia, 50(2), 219-231.

Bruneau, E., Dufour, N., & Saxe, R. (2012). Social cognition in members of conflict groups: behavioural and neural responses in Arabs, Israelis and South Americans to each other’s misfortunesPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – Biology, 367, 717-730.


Cikara, M., Bruneau, E.G., & Saxe, R.R. (2011). Us and them intergroup failures of empathy. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(3), 149-153.


Bruneau, E., & Saxe, R. (2010). Attitudes towards the outgroup are predicted by activity in the precuneus in Arabs and IsraelisNeuroimage, 52(4), 1704-1711.


Bruneau EG (2012) Ingroup/Outgroup Distinctions – Neuroscience Findings and Upshot. White Volume: National Security Challenges: Insights from Social, Neurobiological and Complexity Sciences. 154-164. 

Bruneau EG, Saxe R. (2011) Identifying, Measuring and Regulating the Psychological Biases that Contribute to Political Violence.


Bruneau EG, Akaaboune M. Dynamics of the Rapsyn Scaffolding Protein at the Neuromuscular Junction of Live Mice (2010). Journal of Neuroscience. 13;30(2):614-9.

Bruneau EG, Esteban JA, Akaaboune M. Receptor-Associated Proteins and Synaptic Plasticity. Review (2009). Review. FASEB Journal. 23(3):679-88.

Bruneau EG, Brenner DI, Kuwada J, Akaaboune M. Acetylcholine Receptors are Necessary for the Maintenance of the Post-Synaptic Scaffold (2008). Current Biology. 22;18(2):109-15.

Bruneau EG, Akaaboune M. Dynamics of the Acetylcholine Receptor Associated Protein, Rapsyn (2007)Journal of Biological Chemistry. 282(13):9932-40.

Bruneau EG, Akaaboune M. Dynamic Cycling of Acetylcholine Receptors at the Neuromuscular Junction of Live Animals (2006). Development. 133(22):4485-93.

Bruneau EG, Akaaboune M. Running to Stand Still: Ionotropic Receptor Dynamics in Central and Peripheral Synapses (2006). Review. Molecular Neurobiology. 34(2):137-152.

Bruneau EG, Macpherson PC, Goldman D, Hume RI, Akaaboune M. The Effect of Agrin and Laminin on Acetylcholine Receptor Dynamics In Vitro (2005). Developmental Biology. 288(1):248-58.

Bruneau E, Sutter D, Hume RI, Akaaboune M. Identification of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Recycling and its Role in Maintaining Receptor Density at the Neuromuscular Junction In Vivo (2005). Journal of Neuroscience. 25(43):9949-59.

Bruneau EG, McCullumsmith RE, Haroutunian V, Davis KL, Meador-Woodruff JH. Increased Expression of Glutaminase and Glutamine Synthetase mRNA in the Thalamus in Schizophrenia (2005). Schizophrenia Research. 75(1):27-34.

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.