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“There is nothing so practical as a good theory.” -Kurt Lewin
The ICCCR Blog, Science and Practice for Constructive Conflict Resolution and Peace, acts as medium of exchange between scientists and practitioners in the field, where multiple authors from varied backgrounds, interests, and experiences contribute. We encourage readers to comment on our posts in order to contribute their own ideas and further the dialogue.

Edited by Peter T. Coleman, Director MD-ICCCR

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Who is worthy of moral concern? – Inclusiveness mitigates in-group favoritism and derogation of “others”

By Ljubica Chatman

Being good is no simple matter; people think of moral character as loyalty, fairness, kindness to others, respect for authority and the veneration of what is pure and sacred. While fairness and care for others focus on the rights of individuals, the alternative set of values like loyalty, respect for authority and love of sacred values primarily facilitate a collectivistic mentality, such as national patriotism. These differences describe the tension between the good of an individual and that of a collective. Continue reading


Do gender differences increase deception in negotiations?

by Lauren Catenacci

Negotiations are ever present in the business world. As such, negotiators must decide whether it is best to focus on and promote their own interests or work with their counterpart to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Unfortunately, there is no formal rulebook for negotiations and inevitably sometimes negotiators make unethical decisions in order to claim the most value. But under what circumstances are negotiators likely to make unethical decisions to get ahead in negotiations? Continue reading


New evidence on the link between mass media and mass violence

By Kyong Mazzaro

Looking back at our history, it is not uncommon to see that genocides and mass killings were supported by elites in control of governments. In Yugoslavia alone, the government of Milosevic was responsible for more than 100,000 deaths, while the Chinese government has been accused of being responsible for more than 1.2 million deaths in Tibet since 1950. The hard truth is that although national and international actors have sought mechanisms prevent these massacres, governments continue to kill or fail to protect civilians from mass violence. Continue reading


What is Your Theory of Empathy? Is it Innate or Attainable?

by Jen Hull

In 2006, President Obama spoke of the biggest deficit in our society. He wasn’t speaking about our large federal deficit, but rather, a deficit of empathy. A recent meta-analytic study of college students shows that he wasn’t wrong—self-reported empathy has made a substantial decline in the past 30 years. Continue reading

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Framing, morality and climate change – Incorporating the values of both sides of the political spectrum

by Ljubica Chatman

Climate change is a pressing issue facing humanity today and activists claim that: “To change everything we need everyone.” However, polls report a deep divide between liberals and conservatives, with liberal Americans promoting actions to mitigate climate change and conservatives showing more opposition. These findings often implicitly vilify conservatives, with some prominent conservatives providing probable cause. Continue reading