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.
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People Working for Peace

Led by Emile Bruneau, Ph.D., our team of researchers in communication, neuroscience, and psychology understand intergroup conflict with both large-scale field studies and lab-based neuroimaging research.

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 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 in values, which makes them...

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