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Faculty: Psychotherapy & Psychology
Programme/s: BSc Hons Psychology BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Psychology) MSc Psychology
Dr. Leslie van der Leer is a Lecturer in Psychology and teaches an introduction to psychology, as well as specifically in the areas of personality and individual differences, and conceptual and historic issues in psychology. Leslie completed her BSc (Hons) in Physiology and Cognitive Neuroscience, with minors in Psychology and in Statistics, in the Netherlands. She then completed her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and her PhD in Psychology in the United Kingdom. During her MSc and PhD, Leslie has worked as a research assistant as well as a teaching assistant on various projects and classes. Leslie has published and presented her work internationally.
2015, Data Analyst, Thomas International
2015, Math teacher, Civitas Schools
2011-2014, Teaching assistant, Royal Holloway, University of London
2011-2012, Research assistant, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
2009-2010, Student assistant, University College Utrecht
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Leslie has taught research methods to BSc undergraduates for three years during her PhD and now teaches Statistics to post-graduates. She is now the module leader for various modules and teaches Foundation in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, and Conceptual and Historic Issues in Psychology across the Liberal Studies BA, the Psychology BSc and Psychology MSc programmes.
Leslie is interested in the concept of the self and the self in relation to others, accuracy in human reasoning and judgment, cognitive biases, dual-process thinking, social psychology, decision-making, experimental/behavioural economics, individual differences.
Tappin, B., Van der Leer, L., McKay, R. (2017, May 27). You’re not going to change your mind. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/27/opinion/sunday/youre-not-going-to-change-your-mind.html?smid=tw-share
Tappin, B., Van der Leer, L., McKay, R. (in press). The heart trumps the head: Desirability bias in political belief revision. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/xge0000298
Van der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M., & McKay, R. (in press). Why do delusion-prone individuals “jump to conclusions”? An investigation using a non-serial data gathering paradigm. Clinical Psychological Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F2167702617698811
Van der Leer, L., & McKay, R. (2017). The optimist within? Selective sampling and self -deception. Consciousness and Cognition.
Van der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M., & McKay, R. (2015). Delusion-proneness and ‘jumping to conclusions’: Relative and absolute effects. Psychological Medicine, 45(6), 1253-1262.
Van der Leer, L., & McKay, R. (2014). “Jumping-to-conclusions” in delusion-prone participants: An experimental economics approach. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 19(3), p. 257-267.
Burnett Heyes, S., Adam, R. J., Urner, M., van der Leer, L., Bahrami, B., Bays, P. M., & Husain, M. (2012). Impulsivity and rapid decision-making for reward. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(article 153), 1-11.
Brouwer, A.-M., Neerincx, M.A., Kallen, V., van der Leer, L., & ten Brinke, M. (2011). EEG alpha asymmetry, heart rate variability and cortisol in response to Virtual Reality induced stress. Journal of CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation, 4(1), 27-40.
Van der Leer, L. & McKay, R. (July, 2016). The optimist within. Talk given at Southampton Symposium on Self and Identity, Southampton, UK.
Van der Leer, L. & McKay, R. (November, 2015). The optimist within. Talk given at CCD Annual Workshop, Sydney, Australia.
Van der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M., & McKay, R. (September, 2013). Do delusion-prone participants jump to conclusions? Poster presented at the Society for NeuroEconomics Annual Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Van der Leer, L., Burnett, S., Hensman, D., & Husain, M. (March, 2011) The effects of rewards and risks on decision making. Poster presented at the Queen Square Symposium, London, UK.
HASS Research Fund (2017), 592GBP, Regent’s University
College Research Scholarship (2011-2014), Royal Holloway, University of London
Postgraduate Student Study Costs Scheme (2014), 500GBP, University of London
CCD Student Award: Excellence in Research, Publications (2013) 500AUD, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
CCD Student Award: Excellence in Research, Publications (2014) 500AUD, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
Last updated: 14 September 2017