Simon T. van Baal
Post-Doctoral Researcher in Behavioural Science
I am currently studying manifestations of self-control and impulsivity. My research aims to identify ways to help individuals and groups improve their decision-making in the domains of time preferences, addiction, health and prosociality.
I obtained my doctorate from Monash University and University of Warwick in 2023, funded by the Monash Warwick Alliance. I am passionate about creating research output that could help the general public. I endeavour to make my research as open and transparent as I can. I am a signatory of the Peer Review Openness Initiative. Read more about it here.
Before my PhD, I completed a Bachelor of Economics and Business Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a Master of Behavioural and Economic Science at the University of Warwick.
Highlighted Research Output
Impulsivity and Self-Control as Timeless Concepts
In this article, we argue that impulsivity and self-control are not straightforwardly implicated in intertemporal choice tasks. We pose questions such as "Can you use your self-control to do things that are only advantageous in the present?", and "Can you be future-oriented and impulsive simultaneously?". You can find the preprint here.
The Self-Isolation Game
Together with my supervisors Lukasz Walasek and Jakob Hohwy, I developed a game that investigates the influence of social norms on decisions of self-isolation during the pandemic. Find the article here.
Changing Pandemic Behaviour with a Chatbot
In a multi-industry collaboration between Monash Health, Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Torus Games, and inGenious AI, we developed a chatbot with behavioural interventions designed to improve decision making during the pandemic. Find it here.