Research Themes

My research centers on three core themes: personality, social attitudes, and social perception. Below are some of the questions I have been trying to answer over the last few years:

  • What role do genetic factors play in the etiology of social attitudes, such as and in-group favoritism and prejudice?

  • What are the brain bases of individual differences in personality?

  • Do emotion recognition abilities generalize across modalities (e.g. face, body, voice)?

  • Is emotional/social intelligence distinct from cognitive (general) intelligence?

  • Does one's personality predict attitudes towards climate change behavior, moral sentiment, political ideology, among others?

  • Among many others…


Getting Involved

Please get in touch if you have any questions about these lines of research, or if you would be interested in doing postdoctoral or PhD research in these areas. I also frequently have volunteer research positions, which allow undergraduates (typically those based at Royal Holloway) to gain insights into the day to day running of research. Please feel free to contact me if this would be of interest to you.

Email: gary.lewis [at]