intergroup violence Archive

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

The Ascent of Man: Theoretical and Empirical Evidence for Blatant Dehumanization

Kteily, N.*, Bruneau, E.*, Waytz, A., & Cotterill, S. (2015). The Ascent of Man: Theoretical and
Author: Date: Jul 9, 2015

Ingroup/Outgroup Distinctions – Neuroscience Findings and Upshot.

Bruneau, E.G. (2012). Ingroup/Outgroup Distinctions – Neuroscience Findings and Upshot. White Volume: National Security Challenges: Insights
Author: Date: Jul 9, 2012

Social cognition in members of conflict groups: behavioural and neural responses in Arabs, Israelis and South Americans to each other’s misfortunes.

Bruneau, E., Dufour, N., & Saxe, R. (2012). Social cognition in members of conflict groups: behavioural
Author: Date: Jun 30, 2012

Us and them intergroup failures of empathy

Cikara, M., Bruneau, E.G., & Saxe, R.R. (2011). Us and them intergroup failures of empathy. Current
Author: Date: Jun 30, 2011

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.