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Understanding the Psychology of Dehumanization

Advocates, policymakers, and practitioners working to prevent atrocities and reduce discrimination — ranging from Black Lives Matter to the UN Special Envoy on the Prevention of Genocide — recognize dehumanization as a critical factor to be addressed today. In an unprecedented research project, Beyond Conflict seeks to understand the psychological processes and brain mechanisms that underlie and shape the psychology of dehumanization to develop tools to detect, reduce, and prevent it.