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Dr. Simone Schnall

Dr. Simone Schnall

Reader in Experimental Social Psychology

Fellow and Director of Studies in Psychology, Jesus College

Downing Street
Office 406
Cambridge CB2 3EB

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

Subject groups/Research projects

Social Psychology:

Research Interests

Simone Schnall is the Director of the Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory and Fellow of Jesus College. By combining insights and methods from social psychology and cognitive science her research explores how thoughts and feelings interact. She aims to understand how people make judgments and decisions about other people, and about physical properties of the world. In particular, Schnall's research examines the role of bodily influences in the context of, first, moral judgments and behaviours, and second, perceptions of the spatial environment.

Schnall is committed to sharing her research findings with the general public. They often receive coverage in the popular media, such as the New York Times, Economist, New Scientist, Times Higher EducationBBD Radio 4 and many international news media (click here for recent public outreach events and media attention).


  • perception
  • social cognition
  • cognition
  • social psychology
  • 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 (Most highly-cited article in this journal since 2001).

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.

Krpan, D., & Schnall, S. (2014). Too close for comfort: Stimulus valence moderates the influence of motivational orientation on distance perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 978-993.

Krpan, D., & Schnall, S. (2014). When perception says "no" to action: Approach cues make steep hills appear even steeper. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 89-98.

Lee, E. H., & Schnall, S. (2014). The influence of social power on weight perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 1719-1725.