Dr Leor Zmigrod

University position

Research Associate


Department of Psychology


Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute



Home page

http://www.leorzmigrod.com (personal home page)

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


Dr Leor Zmigrod is a 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 radicalization and ideologically-motivated behaviour.

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) and Harvard University (2019). 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.

Research Focus



Cognitive neuroscience

Brain stimulation


Executive functions

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Computational modelling

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing




Jane Garrison

Jason Rentfrow

Trevor Robbins

Jon Simons


Bernhard Hommel Web: http://HOMMEL@FSW.leidenuniv.nl

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Zmigrod L, Rentfrow PJ, Robbins TW (2019), “The Partisan Mind: Is Extreme Political Partisanship Related to Cognitive Inflexibility?” Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

    Rollwage M, Zmigrod L, De-Wit L, Dolan RJ, Fleming SM (2019), “What Underlies Political Polarization? A Manifesto for Computational Political Psychology” Trends in Cognitive Sciences PDF

    Khalighinejad N, Schurger A, Desantis A, Zmigrod L, Haggard P (2018), “Precursor processes of human self-initiated action” NeuroImage 165: 35-47 PDF

    Zmigrod L, Rentfrow PJ, Robbins TW (2018), “Cognitive underpinnings of nationalistic ideology in the context of Brexit” PNAS 201708960 PDF

    Zmigrod L, Garrison JR, Carr J, Simons JS (2016), “The neural mechanisms of hallucinations: A quantitative meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 69: 113-123



    Ebert T, Gotz FM, Obschonka M, Zmigrod L, Rentfrow PJ (2019), “Regional Variation in Courage and Entrepreneurship: The Contrasting Role of Courage for the Emergence and Survival of Start?Ups in the US” Journal of Personality 87(5), 1039-1055 PDF

    Zmigrod L, Rentfrow PJ, Robbins TW (2019), “Cognitive Inflexibility Predicts Extremist Attitudes” Frontiers in Psychology PDF

    Zmigrod L, Zmigrod S, Rentfrow PJ, Robbins TW (2019), “The Psychological Roots of Intellectual Humility: The Role of Intelligence and Cognitive Flexibility” Personality and Individual Differences 141, 200-208 PDF


    Zmigrod L, Rentfrow PJ, Zmigrod S, Robbins TW (2018), “Cognitive flexibility and religious disbelief” Psychological Research 1-11 PDF

    Zmigrod S, Zmigrod L, Hommel B (2018), “The relevance of the irrelevant: Attentional distractor-response binding predicts performance in the Remote Associates Task” Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts PDF


    Zmigrod L, Zmigrod S (2016), “On the Temporal Precision of Thought: Individual Differences in the Multisensory Temporal Binding Window Predict Performance on Verbal and Nonverbal Problem Solving Tasks” Multisensory Research 29(8): 679-701 PDF