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The Social Neuroscience of Intergroup Relations

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The Social Neuroscience of Intergroup Relations
In the Oxford English Dictionary , the word ‘prejudice’ is defi ned as ‘preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience’. However, the Dictionary goes on to note that in more recent times, the notion of prejudice specifi cally depicts ‘unreasoned dislike, hostility, or antagonism towards, or discrimination against, a race, sex, or other class of people’.

Considering the staggering amount of global violence and suffering apparently based on ethnic, religious, and political differences, there could hardly be a more important topic but what is the role for neuroscience? How could a brain-based approach help us understand and deal with this overwhelming problem, which seems self-evidently a matter for political and sociocultural transformation?


1. Introduction
1.1 What Is Happening in the Brain of Such a Person?

2 The Foundations of Prejudice and Discrimination

3. The Neuroscience of Prejudice
3.1 Neuroscience Research of Intergroup Relations
3.2 Basics of Psychopharmacology

4. Psychopharmacology and Prejudice

5. Neuroethics of Social Enhancement
5.1 What Is So Bad or Different About Drugs?

6. What Should Be Done?
6.1 Should We Cure Prejudice?
6.2 What Is Equality? What Do We Want?

Title: The Social Neuroscience of Intergroup Relations
Author: Sylvia Terbeck
Language: English


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