Understanding Why Teachers Discriminate Against Minority Students

Teachers spend their time educating young people, imparting both intellectual knowledge and practical life skills, in an attempt to help children grow into adults. They often do this for low pay and little thanks. They are the best of us, or at least they’re supposed...

Dr. Emile Bruneau on NOVA | PBS

Research on the biology of political beliefs provides insight into the effectiveness of how to win any argument. Current theories suggest that people’s political beliefs are driven by their identification with a group—similar to sports team loyalties, but more rooted...

Brain Imaging Finds Dislike & Dehumanization May Be Different Processes

The findings have strong implications for the current migrant situation in America. While polls have shown that the majority of Americans believe that separating migrant families at the border is unacceptable, a substantial percentage seem to have no problem with it....

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...

Immigration Nation

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

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...

The Dark Psychology of Dehumanizing Migrants Revealed by Brain Scans

Humans are capable of doing some horrific things to each other. Much of this is only made possible when we dehumanize people. It’s a theme that occurs throughout history, whether it’s the horrors of the Holocaust or the brutality of European colonialism, and has...

In the Brain, Dislike and Dehumanization Are Not the Same Thing

Over the last week, the news has brought us difficult images and sounds: Migrant and refugee children huddled in steel cages. Children and parents wailing as they are torn apart by American agents. Detention buses filled with infant car seats.  The majority of...