Dr Leor Zmigrod is a Research Fellow at Churchill College and the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Her research combines methods from experimental psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience to investigate the psychology of ideological thinking, voting behaviour, and group identity formation. In particular, Leor’s research explores cognitive and neurobiological traits that might act as vulnerability factors for radicalization and ideologically-motivated behaviour.
Prior to joining Churchill College as a Research Fellow, Leor completed her BA and PhD at Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. She also spent time as a visiting research fellow at Stanford University (2018), Harvard University (2019) and the Paris Institute for Advanced Study as the Gretty Mirdal Junior Chair in 'Brain, Culture and Society' (2021). She has been awarded the Glushko Prize by the Cognitive Science Society and the 2020 Young Investigator Award by the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Leor was recently listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science and a Women of the Future Science Award Finalist. Her research has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences, and has been featured in media outlets such as The Guardian, Time Magazine, The Financial Times, New Scientist, BBC Radio, and LSE’s British Politics and Policy website. In 2020-2021, she compiled and edited a theme issue for Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences on political neuroscience and computational approaches to ideology. Leor is passionate about public engagement and conducting scientifically-rigorous research that translates to real-world outcomes and policy decisions.