Faculty Videos

Uploaded on 20 Nov 2020

Changing human behavior is a difficult thing — even when a person wants to change. Using the tools of neuroscience, Emily Falk, Ph.D., studies how the brain reacts to messages and moments in our day-to-day lives, and what can be done to make behavior change stick. Falk is a Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Marketing at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Communication Neuroscience Lab.

Uploaded on 30 Oct 2020

“Emile” is a film that celebrates a scientific mission reflecting on peace, conflict, and healing.

Made by the Annenberg School for Communication, the film charts a year in the life of Emile Bruneau, neuroscientist and founder of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at Penn, as he embraces a brain cancer (glioblastoma) diagnosis with surprising positivity and works to accelerate the timeline of his scientific mission: to use the tools of neuroscience and psychology to bring peace to groups of people who are in conflict. At the same time, he reflects back on his life, including the experience of growing up with a schizophrenic mother and how that built his empathy, and considers how to prepare his young children for the loss of their father.

Bruneau, founder of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, has worked to find actionable strategies for healing the divisions between groups such as Israelis and Palestinians, Democrats and Republicans, Muslims and non-Muslims, Hungarians and Roma, Colombians and the FARC, and many others. His mission is to "put science to work for peace." Read more about his work at pcnl.asc.upenn.edu.

Uploaded on 30 Oct 2020

In the introduction to this four-video series featuring neuroscientist Emile Bruneau, he lays out the foundation of his work into how the brain drives groups of people to conflict. 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 cover the topics of empathy, dehumanization, 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.

Uploaded on 30 Oct 2020

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.

Uploaded on 30 Oct 2020

In this video, neuroscientist Emile Bruneau introduces the idea of metaperceptions: the way people think others think of them. As Bruneau explains, people typically assume others think more negatively of them than they do. Correcting these misperceptions is one of the tools Bruneau sees as a path to peace for groups in conflict.

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 dehumanization. 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.

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