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Lee de-Wit (PI)


Lee originally trained as an experimental psychologist / cognitive neuroscientist but now applies psychology to understand political decision making. In addition to directing the Political Psychology Lab, Lee is also the Director of the Psychology and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) BSc program, and is the Director of Studies for PBS at Trinity Hall.



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E-mail: Twitter @leedewit 


Tessa Buchanan (PhD Student)

After studying PPE at Oxford, Tessa worked as a journalist (BBC, AFP, Daily Telegraph), before switching to government communications where she held roles including ministerial speechwriter, head of the UK Trade & Investment Press Office and Head of Communications on Europe for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2012-2015). She worked on the Scottish referendum, the Olympics, Exporting is GREAT and the EU reform campaign. She left the civil service in 2016 to study for a Masters in Behavioural Science at LSE where she looked at behavioural factors behind the EU referendum result, and is now doing a PhD exploring the psychology of effective communications around immigration. Tessa is supervised by Lee and Alan Renwick (Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit, UCL).


Email: Twitter: @T_M_Buchanan



Emmanuel Mahieux (PhD student)

After obtaining an MPhil in Politics (Oxford, 2015), Emmanuel worked as an operative for a political campaign. He then worked in a leading communications agency for two years before starting a PhD program in political psychology at UCL. Emmanuel’s research focuses on the psychological and cognitive profile of ‘swing’ voters. Emmanuel is supervised by Lee and Joe Devlin (UCL).




Email: Twitter: @emmanuelmahieux



David Young (PhD student)

David studied Psychology at UCL where he was awarded the Plotkin Prize for the best undergraduate Psychology dissertation. His undergraduate project was in the domain of judgment biases, and tested competing theoretical predictions about the causes and boundary conditions of the well-known 'anchoring' effect. His MPhil research explored individual differences, and country level differences in the extent of ‘policy aligned’ voting decisions. His PhD explores computational modeling of the priors and beleifs that shape political polarization.   



Email: Twitter: @David_JYoung




JonRobert Tartaglione (PhD)

JonRobert holds a Master's in Social Cognition from UCL as well as a Master's in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. His current research in the Political Psychology Lab at the University of Cambridge explores the intersection of political differences (i.e. between liberals and conservatives) and social norms. More specifically, it aims to tease apart the impact social norms have on the attitudes and behaviors of political partisans, whether liberals and conservatives display asymmetric susceptibility to social norms, and under which conditions will such norms catalyze political and non-political action. JonRobert is also the Founder and CEO of Influence 51.



Email: Twitter: @PolPsyTa



James Ackland (MPhil)

James studied Politics at POLIS in Cambridge. His undergraduate research project looked into the Moral Foundations of Brexit, and he has previously worked on the climate and immigration messaging projects in the lab. This year, his MPhil research will focus on the psychological underpinnings of the ‘neighbourhood effect’ in UK elections.





Email: Twitter: @James__ackland


Sam Lloyd (MPhil)

Sam studied PBS at Cambridge, where his undergraduate dissertation investigated the causal role of perceived behavioural control in pro-environmental behaviour. His MPhil will continue in that vein, focusing on designing new research methods to study PBC while also studying the creation and proper implementation of pro-environmental interventions. Sam has previously worked as a research assistant in the lab, working on a range of projects from the factor structure of UK politics to climate change messaging.




Email: Twitter: @Sam___Lloyd



Florence Cochrane (Undergraduate)

Flo studies Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge, focusing on cross-socioeconomic predictors of voting behaviour in the UK for her dissertation, with a particular focus on the importance of social norms and sense of control. Her MPhil will continue to explore this, with the intention to assess these relationships across cultures.




Email: Twitter: @flo_cochrane





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