Neuroscientist Probes the Mind for Clues to End Conflicts

Scientific American Mind: 

Could neuroscience hold the key to breaking down psychological barriers between groups in conflict? In this month’s issue of Scientific American, contributor Gareth Cook interviews Rebecca Saxe, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about her work applying “theory of mind” to the discord between Palestinians and Israelis as well as conflicts between Arizonans who are Mexican immigrants and those who are U.S. citizens.

Theory of mind is a concept used to describe the capacity to deduce what someone else is thinking or feeling. Humans typically have this ability to empathize, a trait that helps us resolve our differences, Saxe says.

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