Cognitive sciences

Leor Zmigrod

Member since 2023

Occupation: Research Fellow at University of Cambridge

I’m passionate about the intersections of science and society. I hope the UK Young Academy will help to reimagine social progress through interdisciplinary and cross-generational debate.


Leor Zmigrod is a political psychologist and neuroscientist whose research investigates the cognitive and emotional characteristics that make individuals susceptible to ideological extremism. She was a Gates Scholar at Cambridge University and her research has been recognized through numerous awards including Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, the Women of the Future Science Award, the Glushko Prize in Cognitive Science, amongst others. Leor’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, New Scientist, and Financial Times and she frequently advises policymakers on developing evidence-based counter-extremism policies.


  • Better funding for early career researchers
  • Critical thinking skill development in education
  • Engaging under-represented audiences
  • Evidence based governance
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities for early career researchers
  • Misinformation and disinformation
  • Social change
  • Societal impact of research
  • Unconscious bias
  • Young women in STEM