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Dehumanization in the brain
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Dehumanization is a process whereby people fail to view others as human beings. Instead, the others are perceived as nonhuman animals or objects, unworthy of the same moral treatment. Dehumanization has previously been studied in a variety of different scholarly domains without adhering to a uniform theoretical framework. This literature review contrasts research on fully humanized perception, with research on dehumanized perception, and proposes neural areas which are likely to be involved. Not every aspect of dehumanization can be understood at the neurological level. To understand what factors lead up to, and modulates dehumanization, other perspectives might also be necessary. Dehumanized perception is coupled with reduced activity in the social cognitive brain network, a wide network which encompasses several cortical and subcortical areas. This disengages prosocial abilities and allows for other people to be treated like objects and means to an end. One area of special interest is the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC). It functions as an integration center in the person perception network and is also active when we make moral judgments, empathize, or take the perspective of someone else. For this reason, the MPFC is sometimes used as an index of dehumanized perception.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 56
Keywords [en]
Dehumanization, Social cognition, Medial prefrontal cortex, Blatant dehumanization
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-17727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-17727DiVA, id: diva2:1355126
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Cognitive Neuroscience - Neuropsychology and Consciousness Studies
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Available from: 2019-09-30 Created: 2019-09-27 Last updated: 2019-10-03Bibliographically approved

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