Professor Simone Schnall

Fellow, Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (Part II)
University Positions
Professor of Experimental Social Psychology
Specialising in
Experimental social psychology

Simone Schnall is a Professor of Experimental Social Psychology and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Jesus College.

Academic interests

Professor Simone Schnall and her research group conduct experimental studies to investigate how bodily, emotional and social factors influence judgments, decisions and behaviours. Current research topics include judgments and decisions in moral and legal contexts, consumer behaviour, perceptions of the physical environment, and risky behaviours in finance (e.g. risk management in banks). In general the goal is to understand why people often think and behave in seemingly surprising ways, and how to capitalize on insights from behavioural science to encourage adaptive choices in everyday life.

Degrees obtained

  • MA and PhD in Experimental Social Psychology, Clark University.


Professor Simone Schnall is a Professor of Experimental Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Body, Mind and Behaviour Laboratory.

Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Professor 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 and Karl Benz Foundation. Professor Schnall is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and was an Einstein Fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt University.

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