Project to Examine Extremist Organizations’ Social and Neurological Influence

Add to Favorites Contact Information <!– –>Available for logged-in reporters only<!– –> Newswise — What is ISIS’s appeal for young people—and can propaganda videos produced by extremist organizations actually incite violence?Recent terrorist attacks around the world have prompted the public to re-examine these questions, which long have intrigued terrorism experts and policymakers. A new UChicago study will bring together political scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists to examine the neurological processes that create sympathy toward extremist groups, in an effort to determine how cultures of martyrdom mobilize support for violence, especially suicide attacks.Robert Pape, professor of political science, and Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry, will lead the Social and Neurological Construction of Martyrdom Project. The Department of Defense has funded the project for $3.4…


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