International Conference on

Cognitive Economics

New Bulgarian University, Sofia, August 5-8, 2005



Cognitive economics emerged in the last decades as the study of economic systems based on the cognitive capacities and processes of the participating social agents, their knowledge, beliefs, desires and intentions. It has questioned traditional assumptions of economic theories, such as rationality and equilibrium and became an experimental science rather than a normative one.


Cognitive economics studies:

1.      the processes of individual and collective decision-making and reasoning, distributed problem solving and individual and organizational learning;

2.      the social interactions between economic agents and their cooperation, coordination, and competition;

3.      the role and emergence of norms and other institutions, the influence of different norms (in particular market rules) on individual behavior and collective outcome;

4.      the evolution of rules, norms, and institutions and the processes of self-organization of societies.


Cognitive economics uses different methods of study borrowed from various disciplines:

  1. behavioral experiments (cognitive science, psychology, behavioral economics)
  2. brain imaging and brain lesion studies (neuroscience, neuroeconomics)
  3. social experiments (social psychology, experimental economics)
  4. computational models and simulations (cognitive science, economics, artificial intelligence, artificial life, neural networks, multi-agent systems)

The conference will bring together researchers from various areas for a few days in a relatively small one-track conference with an emphasis on interactions and discussions. The conference will contribute to the development of interdisciplinary studies and to the integration of various approaches and to the establishment of closer relations and cooperation between the key players in this emerging field.



Key speakers:


Andrew Colman (Leicester , UK)

Massimo Egidi (Univ. Trento , Italy)

Robin Hogarth (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)

Daniel Houser (George Mason University, USA)

Alan Kirman (Univ. Marseilles, France)

Salvatore Rizzello (Univ. Torino , Italy)

Ariel Rubinstein (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Eldar Shafir (Princeton, USA)

Jean-Robert Tyran (Univ. Copenhagen, Denmark)

Bernard Walliser (Polytechnique, France)



Call for papers

Papers can be submitted in all areas of cognitive economics and following all approaches. Interdisciplinary studies and efforts to make the research approach and results accessible to an interdisciplinary audience will be especially welcome.

Publication: Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of the conference in full text.

Submission of abstract: as soon as possible

Deadline for submission of full text extended: May 31st, 2005

Format: Papers should be no longer than 12 pages (Times Roman 10 font) and should be sent as RTF files named after the first author to the following address:

Specific formatting instructions: Single space Mirror margins: Layout:

Double columns Top 0,87 Bottom 2,95 Header 0,49

Vertical Alignment: Top Inside 1,25 Outside 1,48 Footer 2,58


Paper Template





Sofia is a nice and ancient place where you can see the old Thracian gold treasures, the Roman Rotonda in the Center of Sofia from the 4th century, and parts of the Roman walls around the city, as well as the famous Boyana church with Renaissance-type frescos from 11 Century and the world-known Rila Monastery.




Frequently Asked Questions


Participation and Fees


Organised by the New Bulgarian University

Sponsored by the European Commission (EUROCOG project)


Local Organizer:


Boicho Kokinov

Central and East European Center for Cognitive Science


For more information and registration:

Cognitive Economics Conference

Central and East European Center for Cognitive Science

New Bulgarian University

21, Montevideo Str. Sofia 1618, Bulgaria

tel: (+3592) 8110401

fax: (+3592) 8110421