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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.

Schnall is committed to sharing her research findings with the general public. They often 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 public outreach events and 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.