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

There’s a Distinct Brain Function Behind Prejudice

“When people are dehumanizing others, they are mobilizing different brain regions than when they are registering their dislike,” Emile Bruneau, director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, said in announcing the findings. He believes they could help us...

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