Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab
The Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab aims to put science to work for peace by using the tools of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to (1) characterize the processes driving conflict, such as empathy and dehumanization, and (2) empirically evaluate peace-building efforts.

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Papers from 2018

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Interventions Highlighting Hypocrisy Reduce Collective Blame of Muslims for Individual Acts of Violence and Assuage Anti-Muslim Hostility, Emile Bruneau, Nour Kteily, and Emily B. Falk

Papers from 2017

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Parochial Empathy Predicts Reduced Altruism and the Endorsement of Passive Harm, Emile Bruneau, Mina Cikara, and Rebecca Saxe

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The Enemy as Animal: Symmetric Dehumanization during Asymmetric Warfare, Emile Bruneau and Nour Kteily

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The Unique Effects of Blatant Dehumanization on Attitudes and Behavior towards Muslim Refugees during the European 'Refugee Crisis' Across Four Countries, Emile Bruneau, Nour Kteily, and Lasse Laustsen

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Giving the Underdog a Leg Up: A Counternarrative of Nonviolent Resistance Improves Sustained Third-Party Support of a Disempowered Group, Emile Bruneau, Daniel Lane, and Muniba Saleem

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Backlash: The Politics and Real-World Consequences of Minority Group Dehumanization, Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneau

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Darker Demons of Our Nature: The Need to (Re)Focus Attention on Blatant Forms of Dehumanization, Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneau

Papers from 2016

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They See Us as Less Than Human: Metadehumanization Predicts Intergroup Conflict via Reciprocal Dehumanization, Nour Kteily, Gordon Hodson, and Emile Bruneau

Papers from 2015

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Minding the Gap: Narrative Descriptions about Mental States Attenuate Parochial Empathy, Emile Bruneau, Mina Cikara, and Rebecca Saxe

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Empathic Control through Coordinated Interaction of Amygdala, Theory of Mind and Extended Pain Matrix Brain Regions, Emile Bruneau, Nir Jacoby, and Rebecca Saxe

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The Ascent of Man: Theoretical and Empirical Evidence for Blatant Dehumanization, Nour Kteily, Emile Bruneau, Adam Waytz, and Sarah Cotterill

Papers from 2013

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How We Know It Hurts: Item Analysis of Written Narratives Reveals Distinct Neural Responses to Others' Physical Pain and Emotional Suffering, Emile Bruneau, Nicholas Dufour, and Rebecca Saxe

Papers from 2012

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In-Group/Out-Group Distinctions—Neuroscience Findings and Upshot, Emile Bruneau

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The Power of Being Heard: The Benefits of 'Perspective-Giving' in the Context of Intergroup Conflict, Emile Bruneau and Rebecca Saxe

Papers from 2011

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Us and Them: Intergroup Failures of Empathy, Mina Cikara, Emile Bruneau, and Rebecca Saxe

Papers from 2010

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Dynamics of the Rapsyn Scaffolding Protein at the Neuromuscular Junction of Live Mice, Emile Bruneau and Mohammed Akaaboune

Papers from 2007

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The Dynamics of the Rapsyn Scaffolding Protein at Individual Acetylcholine Receptor Clusters, Emile Bruneau and Mohammed Akaaboune

Papers from 2006

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The Dynamics of Recycled Acetylcholine Receptors at the Neuromuscular Junction in vivo, Emile Bruneau and Mohammed Akaaboune

Papers from 2005

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Identification of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Recycling and Its Role inn Maintaining Receptor Density at the Neuromuscular Junction In Vivo, Emile Bruneau, David Sutter, Richard I. Hume, and Mohammed Akaaboune