In this video, neuroscientist Emile Bruneau talks about how experiencing the world as a child through the eyes of his schizophrenic mother allowed him to build empathy. The idea so interested him that it became his professional focus, figuring out how forces in the brain draw people into intergroup conflict, and perhaps also offer ways to build peace.
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 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.