Peace psychology: Conversations


The journal American Psychologist has published a special issue on peace psychology. A broad range of articles point out how the science of psychology plays a vital role in the promotion of peace.

Dan Gottlieb hears from three authors who contributed to the journal: psychologists Ervin Staub and Arie Kruglanski and cognitive scientist Stephen Lewandowsky. They’ll share their thoughts on building peaceful communities, de-radicalization, and how truth can be the first casualty of war.

Ervin Staub is a professor of psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts and founding director of its Ph.D. concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence. He’s written several books including Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict and Terrorism.

Arie Kruglanski is a social psychologist best known for his work on Cognitive Closure. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland.

Stephan Lewandowsky is a professor of psychology at the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol in the U.K.

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