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The developmental origins of dehumanisation

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Prejudice and intergroup conflict remain substantial social problems across the globe. Perceiving others as ‘less than human’ appears to be an integral aspect of intergroup bias.  In this talk, I discuss our recent research investigating the origins of dehumanisation in development.  I reflect upon the relationship between dehumanisation and key topics in the study of social cognitive development such as theory of mind.  I end by discussing the implications of this work for research-led interventions to encourage more positive intergroup relations.