UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Lee De-Wit

Dr Lee De-Wit

Senior Teaching Fellow

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2016

Research summary

My research currently focuses on 3 main topics. First the psychological individual differences associated with attitudes towards immigration. Secondly the psychological individual differences associated with attitudes towards market capitalism and inequality. Third the psychological factors that influence whether people decide to vote, with a particular focus on understanding the relationship between individual differences in political knowledge and individual differences in the propensity to engage in the political process. 

I'm currently co-supervising Tessa Fras's PhD project (with Alan Renwick from UCL's Constitution Unit), exploring how immigration is communicated. This work is supported by a UCL Grand Challenge project under the theme of Cultural Understanding. 

Current collaborators include: 
Gary Lewis, Royal Holloway
Nathalia Gjersoe, University of Bath

Jason Rentfrow, University of Cambridge
Alan Renwick, UCL

I have recently published a book on the psychology of voting with Elliot and Thompson exploring the biases we bring to the political process. You can read more at: http://www.eandtbooks.com/book/whats-your-bias-surprising-science-why-we-vote-way-we-do 

Teaching summary

I teach a 3rd year module on the Psychology of Politics (PALS3011), and a first year module introducing the Neural Basis of Memory, Language and Perception (PALS1007). I also teach the UCL Summer School module on Political Psychology.


I studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol, and then an Economic and Research Council funded Masters (with Charles Fernyhough) and PhD (with David Milner FRS and Robert Kentridge) at Durham University. I then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leuven working on the Gestalt Revision program of Johan Wagemans. I also spent time as a visiting researcher with Geraint Rees at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL), Glyn Humphreys at the University of Oxford, and Catherine Tallon-Baudry at the University Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris.