Dr Leor Zmigrod is a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research combines methods from experimental psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience to investigate the psychology of ideological adherence and group identity formation. In particular, she is interested in investigating cognitive characteristics that might act as vulnerability factors for radicalisation and ideologically-motivated behaviour.
She holds a BA in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and has published work on the neuroscience of agency, creativity, and hallucinations. Leor has also conducted research at Stanford University, Harvard University, and University College London.
Leor went on to complete her PhD at Cambridge, with her doctoral research exploring the psychological processes underpinning political, religious, and nationalistic beliefs.
For the academic year 2020-2021, Leor will hold the Gretty Mirdal Junior Chair in ’Brain, Culture and Society’ at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study.
With numerous other accolades to her name, Leor was listed on Forbes '30 Under 30' in the Science & Healthcare category, awarded the ESCAN 2020 'Young Investigator' Award by the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience as well as the 'Glushko Dissertation Prize in Cognitive Science' by the Cognitive Science Society.
Leor is passionate about encouraging young people to pursue STEM and founded the Cambridge Cognitive Science Research Assistantship Scheme to offer research experience and mentoring to young people interested in a scientific approach to the human mind.
Her research has been featured in The Guardian, TIME, New Scientist, Financial Times, LSE British Politics and Policy, The Times and many other international outlets.
Leor was the recipient of the Women of the Future Award 2020 in the Science category.
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