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Project Team


Professor Simone Schnall is Director of the Project. She is a Professor in Experimental Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Body, Mind and Behaviour Laboratory. Her work to date has largely focused on the cognitive effects of the emotions, and on moral psychology. 








Dr Ryan P. Doran is Co-Director of the Project. He is a María Zambrano Fellow for the Attraction of International Talent at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, and a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. His work to date has largely focused on the relationship between beauty and moral cognition. 








Ekim Luo is a postgraduate research assistant. They are a PhD student studying the analgesic effect of social power on empathy for pain at the Body, Mind and Behaviour Lab. Currently, they are also assisting on the “Higher Values: Aesthetic Experiences, Transcendence, and Prosociality” project. As a part of this project, they are sampling visitors to the Fitzwilliam Museum on their aesthetic experiences. As a human, they tend to be over-caffeinated, and they are very good at making different types of toast. 







Veronica Forslund is an undergraduate research assistant. She is an undergraduate at Cambridge University, studying Psychological and Behavioural sciences. Her main interests are the study of emotion as well as how the complexities in its operationalisation affect the research of various psychological phenomena. She also has an interest in social psychology generally and its translation to neuroscientific measures.