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Our Brains at War: The Neuroscience of Conflict and Peacebuilding

Mari Fitzduff


Our Brains at War: The Neuroscience of Conflict and Peacebuilding suggests that we need radical change in how we think about war, leadership, and politics. Most of us, including most political scientists, fail to appreciate that the main factors in today’s identity wars and politics arise not from logic but from instincts and emotions, against which reason often has little sway. Many of our physiological and genetic tendencies, of which we are mostly unaware, can easily fuel our antipathy toward other groups, make us choose supposedly “strong” leaders over more mindful leaders, facilitate the ... More

Keywords: war, brain, emotions, neuroscience, social biopsychology, leadership, extremism, culture, social media, peacebuilding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197512654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197512654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Fitzduff, author
Professor Emerita, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University