Simon van Baal

PhD Candidate


I am currently studying the relationship between self-control and impulsivity, and the influence of social norms in the pandemic. I started my PhD in 2019 at Monash University, funded by the Monash Warwick Alliance. I am passionate about creating research output that could help people in the general public, and making my research as open and transparent as I can.

Before I came to Australia, I studied Economics and Business Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Behavioural and Economic Science at University of Warwick.

I am a member of Cognition and Philosophy Lab at Monash, headed by Professor Jakob Hohwy. The lab's produces exciting research, which ranges from consciousness research to behavioural science.

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Highlighted research output

Risk perception and communication during the pandemic

We studied whether we could alter people's attitudes towards leaving the house during lockdown through simple communication prompts. You can find this paper here.

The Self-Isolation Game

I, together with my supervisors Lukasz Walasek and Jakob Hohwy, have developed a game that investigates the influence of social norms during the pandemic. You can find it here.