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Leor Zmigrod @ Online Hot Politics Lab

January 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

In this session of the Online Hot Politics Lab, Leor Zmigrod (Department of Psychology & Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge) will give a talk titled “A Cognitive Science of the Ideological Mind”.

Abstract: Since the birth of modern civilisation, humans have been creating stories that capture their theories about how the world works and how they should act within this complex world. These narratives both describe and prescribe human action, and exist in a kaleidoscope of forms – from religious doctrines to authoritarian nationalism to political manifestos. Why do these explosive ideologies seduce and captivate the human brain? New research illustrates that our ideologies may be tightly interconnected with our perceptual and cognitive architecture. Data-driven approaches highlight that ideological beliefs are amenable to careful cognitive and computational analysis, revealing the cocktail of cognitive traits that can make a mind more (or less) susceptible to ideological dogmatism.

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 radicalization and ideologically-motivated behaviour.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A, and everbody is welcome to join via Zoom: https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/96492065253  at 3pm (CET).