Reader in Experimental Social Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Director, Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory
Simone Schnall is Reader in Experimental Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory. Prior to joining Cambridge Dr. Schnall served as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, and a Lecturer at the University of Plymouth, and held visiting appointments at Harvard University and the University of Southern California. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (USA), National Science Foundation (USA), Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy and the Gottlieb Daimler- und Karl Benz Foundation. In 2015 she was appointed as Einstein Fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt University.
Simone's research focuses on how thoughts and feelings interact, and various emotional and bodily influences on such processes. She uses a combination of methods from cognitive science and insights from social psychology. Current research topics include judgments and decisions in moral and legal contexts, perceptions of the physical environment, and risky behaviours in finance (e.g., risk management in banks). She generally is interested in why people often behave in seemingly counterproductive and irrational ways, and how to capitalize on insights from behavioural science to encourage more adaptive choices in everyday life.