Putting Science to Work for Peace

The Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab aims to understand how the human mind drives intergroup conflict and to put research into action to heal those divisions.

Studying Conflict Around the World

Our lab studies the dynamics around real-life conflict taking place globally. Click the button below to learn about our publications and ongoing projects by geographic region.

Emile Bruneau’s Legacy

PNCL founder Emile Bruneau, Ph.D. passed away in September 2020 after a fight with brain cancer, but his vision lives on. Learn more about how Bruneau’s life inspired his work, and his fervent hope that others would continue where he left off, using science to pursue peace.

Understanding Human Conflict


Our Research seeks to better understand how processes in the human brain drive people to conflict — and what we can do to bring people together.

The Latest

Dr. Emile Bruneau on Top of Mind: The Psychology of Dehumanization

Throughout history humans have justified atrocities by defining victims as subhuman, often quite openly. European American dealings with Indians, white Southerners justifying slavery, and Nazis massacring Jews. But how much do we really know about how dehumanizing happens? Can the process be...

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Immigration Nation

Dr. Emile bruneau discusses dehumanization of immigrants on NPR one. Listen to the Full Story Here

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