Call for Applications: Cognitive Economics: Virtual Conference


Deadline: 30 April 2020

Date: Thursday 9 – Friday 10 July 2020


The Cognitive Economics Society is delighted to announce its virtual conference in July this year. We look forward to sharing new knowledge and research on cognitive economics, providing networking opportunities with new and potential colleagues, and running compelling discussions and debates. 

Due to current restrictions on travel and social gatherings, we have decided to hold this event digitally instead of our original plan for an in-person conference in June. This is an experiment for us, as the whole world figures out how to deal with this new reality. We suggest you think about this call for papers and virtual conference like you would a normal conference; we hope that this year at least, presenting at a digital conference will be seen as an equivalent achievement to an in-person conference. We also expect that the reach of the conference will be greater.


The 21st century is pushing us towards an ever more digital, information-driven, persuasion-based global economy – just as a new set of tools are emerging in neuroscience and psychology that offer the power to understand these phenomena in a new way. Cognitive economics is an emerging field that provides tools of analysis, and experimental methods, to explore the new economy. When the scarcest resource is attention rather than money, how does economic analysis change?

Cognitive economics is a relatively new field linked to behavioural economics and focused on the value that people place on their mental states and beliefs. This phenomenon is important for a variety of topics including marketing, culture, identity economics, citizens’ participation in symbolic narratives such as politics, and the information economy.

Call for papers:

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on topics relating to theoretical, empirical and applied cognitive economics. This is a cross-disciplinary subject and we welcome contributions relating to one or more of the following overlapping strands: 

  • Economics (especially the economics of information, attention, and happiness, or behavioural economics)
  • Psychology (especially relating to mental simulation, non-standard preferences and narrative)
  • Neuroscience (especially relating to attention, valuation and mental simulation)
  • Marketing (especially of narratives and intangible goods)
  • Talks from other disciplines including sociology, politics, complex systems, or AI are very welcome – provided the topic is examined through a cognitive economics lens

As this is a newly emerging field with fluid boundaries, we take an open-minded view about what is within the scope of this second conference. To see what our first workshop was like, including the programme, and slides, recordings and summaries of some of the talks, please visit our resources page. Acceptance ratio for the previous conference was approximately 31% for paper presentations and 41% including posters.

If you have an idea for a panel or discussion topic,  please feel free to include that with your submission. Papers accepted will be eligible for submission to a special issue of the journal Mind and Society.

How to apply:

All applications will be reviewed by the scientific committee. We expect to respond to all applications by Friday 15 May at the latest and may respond to applications as we receive them. 

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