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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Emile Bruneau

Emile Bruneau & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy
  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  "Research on the psychological biases that exist between members of conflict groups using behavioral measures and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Research on:
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Conflict
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Empathy"

Sub Conference: Science: Neuroscience








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Finding Empathy”: The Neural Signatures of Witnessing the ‘Other’ in Pain and Suffering
Kristina Bjoran and Stephanie McPherson follow Emile Bruneau and Rebecca Saxe as they search for the origins of empathy in the human brain.

2011-08-17-World Pieces: The Neuroscience of Conflict
by Kenrick Vezina, Emily Ruppel and Gillian Conahan


2012-01-23 - MIT Neuroscientists Study Brain Activity to Learn About Empathy
MIT neuroscientists are studying the patterns of brain activity that correlate with empathy. They hope to use their findings to determine how well people respond to reconciliation programs aimed at boosting empathy between groups in conflict, since compassion for others suffering often fails between members of opposing conflict groups. MIT postdoc Emile Bruneau has long been drawn to conflict — not as a participant, but an observer. In 1994, while doing volunteer work in South Africa, he witnessed firsthand the turmoil surrounding the fall of apartheid; during a 2001 trip to visit friends in Sri Lanka, he found himself in the midst of the violent conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military.

2011-08-25 - Finding Empathy
Kristina Bjoran and Stephanie McPherson follow Emile Bruneau and Rebecca Saxe as they search for the origins of empathy in the human brain.

2011-08-25 -Experimenting with Empathy
Emile Bruneau, a postdoc in the Saxelab Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, has long been interested in group identity. What informs our opinion of others?” he asks. “And how does experience change the way people think about others’ actions and thoughts?” Recently Bruneau’s research has led him to focus on empathy.

“You could think of empathy as stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing through their perspective,” he says, “but an equally valid definition of empathy might be stepping in their shoes and thinking from your own perspective.”


Seat of Power
 Jordan Calmes and Allison MacLachlan