Political psychologists Bernhard Leidner, Brian Lickel and Linda Tropp at the University of Massachusetts Amherst argue that war and violent conflict is not an inevitable component of human nature, having written a special new piece on "peace psychology" that urges people to overturn the widespread belief.
Dr. Ervin Staub and his wife Laurie Anne Pearlman, a clinical psychologist and his collaborator on projects to promote reconciliation in Rwanda since 1999, gave talks at a 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in Tokyo on May 25, 2014, here pictured with former foreign minister and current Rwandan Ambassador to Tokyo Charles Murigande, and his wife Rosette.
On May 14, 2014 Dr. Linda Tropp had the honor of presenting social science research on "the Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination" as part of the Congressional Seminar series "Psychological Insights into Legislative Issues." This series was organized by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and co-sponsored by our very own local Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).
Ervin Staub presented an invited address at the Spirit of Humanity conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, April , 2014 and at a conference on the Holocaust organized by the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest, Hungary, May, 2014.