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Dr Simone Schnall

Dr Simone Schnall

University Senior Lecturer

Fellow and Director of Studies in Psychology, Jesus College, Cambridge

Downing Street
Office 406
Cambridge CB2 3EB

Office Phone: Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 3 34529

Research Interests

Simone Schnall is the Director of the Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory, and studies the relationship between cognitive and affective processes. In particular, she is interested in how embodiment informs and constrains thought and feeling. Currently, she is investigating the interactions between bodily cues, affective states and cognitive variables such as perception, attention and memory.

Funding for Schnall’s research has been provided by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the National Science Foundation (USA), National Institute of Mental Health (USA), and private foundations. Altogether Schnall has been awarded over £1,000,000 in research funding since 2003.

Outside of the university, Schnall serves as Associate Editor for Social Psychological and Personality Science and Consulting Editor for Perspectives on Psychological Science, and is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College. She is further one of the founding organisers, together with Brian Meier and Norbert Schwarz, of the SPSP Preconference on Embodiment in Social and Personality Psychology.

Schnall’s research findings routinely receive coverage in the popular press, such as the New York Times, Economist, New Scientist, Times Higher Education and many international news media (click here for recent media attention).


  • cognition
  • perception
  • social cognition
  • decision making

Key Publications

Schnall, S., Haidt, J., Clore, G. L., & Jordan, A. H. (2008). Disgust as embodied moral judgment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1096-1109 (Ranked #1: Most highly-cited article in this journal since 2007).

Schnall, S., Benton, J., & Harvey, S. (2008). With a clean conscience: Cleanliness reduces the severity of moral judgments. Psychological Science, 19, 1219-1222.

Schnall, S., Roper, J., & Fessler, D. M. T. (2010). Elevation leads to altruistic behavior. Psychological Science, 21, 315-320.

Schnall, S., Harber, K., Stefanucci, J. & Proffitt, D. R. (2008). Social support and the perception of geographical slant. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1246-1255.

Schnall, S., Zadra, J., & Proffitt, D. R. (2010). Direct evidence for the economy of action: Glucose and the perception of geographical slant. Perception, 39, 464-482.