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’s interview with Discover Magazine

Photo: Discover Magazine, hkalkan/Shutterstock Analysis of tensions between Republicans and Democrats shows that while dehumanization and dislike toward an opposing group exists, each group perceives that the prejudice and dehumanization against their own group is twice as high as it actually is....

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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 to be. But teachers are...

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