Emile Bruneau, Ph.D.

Portrait of Emile Bruneau
Research Associate

After a nearly two-year battle with brain cancer, Emile Bruneau sadly passed away in September 2020. You can read his obituary here, and view a 16-minute short film about his life here

Emile Bruneau is a research associate and lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab. Bruneau is also the lead scientist at the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab. Prior to his formal training in neuroscience, Bruneau worked, traveled, and lived in a number of conflict regions: South Africa during the transition from Apartheid to Democracy, Sri Lanka during one of the largest Tamil Tiger strikes in that nation's history, Ireland during "The Troubles," Israel/Palestine around the Second Intifada.

Bruneau is now working to bring the tools of science to bear on the problem of intergroup conflict by (1) building methods to better characterize the (often unconscious) cognitive biases that drive conflict using explicit, implicit and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques, and (2) critically evaluating efforts aimed at transcending these biases. These efforts have focused on three psychological processes relevant to intergroup conflict: empathy, dehumanization, and motivated reasoning, and involve target groups that are embroiled in intractable conflict (e.g., Israelis and Palestinians), or subject to extreme hostility (e.g., Muslims in the U.S., the Roma in Europe).


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“Emile” is a film that celebrates a scientific mission reflecting on peace, conflict, and healing. Made by the Annenberg School for Communication,...
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In the introduction to this four-video series featuring neuroscientist Emile Bruneau, he lays out the foundation of his work into how the brain...
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Dehumanization - the belief that another groups of people is less than fully human - is a strong predictor of intergroup violence. In this video,...
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In this video, neuroscientist Emile Bruneau introduces the idea of metaperceptions: the way people think others think of them. As Bruneau explains,...
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In this video, neuroscientist Emile Bruneau talks about how experiencing the world as a child through the eyes of his schizophrenic mother allowed...

Emile Bruneau was a Research Associate and Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Lead Scientist for the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab.

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Bruneau's Network

  • Communication Neuroscience
  • Culture and Communication
  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media and Communication Effects
  • Political Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Communication Neuroscience Lab
  • Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab