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The Science of War & Peace

In the War and Peace Lab, housed in the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UMass Amherst, we develop a scientific understanding of conflict and peacebuilding by studying the psychological processes underlying human violence, and leverage this understanding to create and evaluate interventions that facilitate improved intergroup relations.
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
-- UNESCO, 1945
― UNESCO, 1945

Research Topics


Social identification

Group morality

Intergroup violence and conflict

Intergroup peace and reconciliation

International justice

Human rights











National Science Foundation (NSF)

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

International Peace Research Association (IPRA)

Society for the Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

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Meet the Lab

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Bernhard Leidner

Lab Director

Quinnehtukqut McLamore
Brooke Burrows
Stylianos Syropoulos
Heather Kumove

Graduate Student

Graduate Student

Graduate Student

Tasneem Mohammad

Graduate Student

Lab Manager

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Feel free to come by our cozy space in Tobin Hall, Rooms 639-641.

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