Dehumanization - the belief that another groups of people is less than fully human - is a strong predictor of intergroup violence. In this video, neuroscientist Emile Bruneau describes the prevalence of these beliefs all over the world, and how we might use research on dehumanization to help change these beliefs in order to reduce intergroup conflict. Bruneau also ties in a personal story of his experience of dehumanization in South Africa.
Bruneau was a researcher at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab. The other videos in the series include an introduction and videos on the topics of empathy and metaperceptions. Sadly, Bruneau passed away from brain cancer in September, 2020. These videos are part of his efforts to ensure that the important work of bringing peace to the world through science would live on.