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Security, Stories and the Other: The Narrative Neurobiology of Identity Formation

Posted: 24 May 2011  

William Casebeer

United States Air Force - Joint Warfare Analysis Center

Date Written: May 23, 2011

Abstract

Narratives play a critical role in multiple national security issues, including influencing the genesis and development of political violence. Cognitive neuroscience has reached the stage where the neural mechanisms responsible for the impact of stories on the neurobiology and psychology of group identity can be explored systematically. A review of existing and pilot work in this area indicates narrative frames can have dramatic neurobiological impact on the machinery of empathy and in-group/out-group formation. Here, I discuss and review this literature and its strategic upshot for national security policy.

Suggested Citation

Casebeer, William, Security, Stories and the Other: The Narrative Neurobiology of Identity Formation (May 23, 2011). Gruter Institute Squaw Valley Conference: Law, Institutions & Human Behavior, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1850759

William Casebeer (Contact Author)

United States Air Force - Joint Warfare Analysis Center ( email )

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King George, VA 22485
United States

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