Faculty Videos

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.

Uploaded on 30 Oct 2020

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.

Uploaded on 23 Oct 2020

In recent years, we've seen a trend toward probabilistic political polls that tell us the percentage chance that a candidate will win the election. As happened with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016, often these numbers show a strong likelihood that one candidate will win, despite the actual percentages of voters being quite close. Annenberg School for Communication Assistant Professor Yphtach Lelkes breaks down this polling problem, and explains why this type of misleading polling leads to political hobbyism and can even swing the results of an election.

Uploaded on 17 Jul 2020

Political scientist and political communication expert Diana C. Mutz discusses her work and what she finds exciting about it, and the graduate student experience at the University of Pennsylvania. Mutz is the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication and director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics (ISCAP) at Penn.

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