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Rebel army soldier in Syria (Photo : Reuters)

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.

Ervin Staub gave a talk at a 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in Tokyo

Ervin Staub, Laurie Anne Perlman, former foreign minister and current Rwandan Ambassador to Tokyo Charles Murigande, and his wife Rosette.

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.

Linda Tropp presented as part of the Congressional Seminar series "Psychological Insights into Legislative Issues."

Linda Tropp at Congressional Seminar Series

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).

Graduates Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek, Johanna Vollhardt and Rezarta Bilali are part of an international research team.

Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek

Graduates Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek, Johanna Vollhardt and Rezarta Bilali are part of an international research team that received a large 5 year grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation/Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues and Development for a project entitled:

Fostering Pluralistic Memories and Collective Resilience in Fragile Transitional Justice Processes

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