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, political science, and neuroscience to examine the cognitive underpinnings of ideological dogmatism. A recurring theme in her research is the finding that there is a tight relationship between individuals’ cognitive tendencies and their attitudes towards current and future governance. As part of the Legal Priorities Project, she will examine what cognitive decision science can offer longtermist legal research, theory, and methodology.
Leor was recently listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Science & Healthcare category, and awarded the ESCAN 2020 Young Investigator Award by the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. She was also awarded the Glushko Prize by the Cognitive Science Society for ground-breaking research in cognitive science. Leor is an Editor for an upcoming Theme Issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, titled “The Political Brain: Neurocognitive and Computational Mechanisms Underlying Ideological Behaviour”. She was previously a Gates Scholar and held visiting research positions at Stanford and Harvard.