Lou Safra

Lou Safra holds a PhD in cognitive science awarded by the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris in 2017. She is currently assistant professor in political psychology at CEVIPOF-Sciences Po and an associate researcher at the Institut d'Études Cognitives (Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives & Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives et Computationelles, École Normale Supérieure, Paris).

Lou is interested in the cognitive mechanisms underlying social and political behaviour, notably leader choice and cooperation. In particular, she adopts an ecological and evolutionary approach to better understand inter-individual differences in these domains, across both space and time. To do so, she relies on behavioural data, social surveys, computational modelling and, more recently, the analysis of cultural artefacts such as paintings and books.


Research Fields

Cognitive mechanisms underlying social and political behavior, experimental psychology, structure of political behavior

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