By Brian Resnick

You can’t fight prejudice with name calling. Here’s one strategy that actually works.


By Jeneen Interlandl

Can mapping neural pathways help us make friends with our enemies?  In the past two decades, with the advent of f.M.R.I. technology, neuroscientists also began to tackle such questions. Emile Bruneau, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania, has spent the past seven years studying intractable conflicts around the world.  Emile is now the lead scientist at the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab. 

By Mike Niconchuk

“When do I stop being a refugee?” I remember his question vividly, and the 50-something Syrian man who asked it, at the opening of an art exhibition in Berlin. As he asked his question, people--mostly the Germans--shifted in their seats, knowing he had opened one of Berlin’s Pandora’s boxes. Read more from Beyond Conflict's Senior Researcher, Mike Niconchuk, here.  

By Mike Niconchuk & Mohammad Kheir

Across Syria, in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Germany, and elsewhere, what do we do with hopelessness and with despair? Our senior researcher, Mike Niconchuck offers a perspective in this article. 

By Brian Resnick

As anti-Muslim rhetoric increases under Trump, more Americans are seeing Muslims as less than human.  This article looks at the history and science behind the process of dehumanization.  

Our Research


Parochial Empathy Predicts Reduced Altruism and the Endorsement of Passive Harm

by Emile G. Bruneau, Mina Cikara , and Rebecca Saxe

Attitudes towards the outgroup are predicted by activity in the precuneus in Arabs and Israelis

by Emile G. Bruneau, Rebecca Saxe

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

by Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneau

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Understanding the Terrorist Mind

by Emile Bruneau


Giving the underdog a leg up

by Emile Bruneau, Daniel Lane, Muniba Saleem

PUtting Neuroscience to work for peace

by Emile Bruneau


Speaking freely, listening deeply - by Tim Phillips; Boston Globe Op-ed

The neuroscience of social conflict - tim phillips at tedx boston

Our Brains on Conflict: Trauma, Healing, and the Politics of Fear - An Interview with Mike Niconchuk; Europe now

A Searing Image, And The Surprising Truth About Empathy - by Tim Phillips; WBUR

Peace in Syria is still possible, if only we listen to others who have achieved it -

By Tim PHillips; The Guardian

How Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Conflict Resolution? - WBUR interview with Tim Phillips



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