The Seventh European Summer School “Computational Modeling of Cognition in a Social Context”

Hinterstoder, Austria

3 - 17 August 2024


Applications are now being considered (until 1 April 2024).

To apply and for further details, visit:



The Summer School will be taught by experts in the field computational modelling of cognition and computational social science:

  • Gordon Brown, University of Warwick
  • Chris Donkin, LMU Munich
  • David Garcia, University of Konstanz
  • Jana Lasser, Graz University of Technology
  • Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol (co-organizer)
  • Casimir Ludwig, University of Bristol
  • Michael Nunez, University of Amsterdam
  • Klaus Oberauer, University of Zurich (co-organizer)
  • Joachim Vandekerckhove, University of California, Irvine
  • Trish Van Zandt, The Ohio State University


Most areas of cognitive psychology have recognized the power of computational and mathematical models of individual cognition and have embraced the rigorous theorizing that modelling permits. This trend is illustrated by the growth in popularity of (Bayesian and non-Bayesian) approaches to modeling of cognition during the past few years. To date, however, those sophisticated models have concerned themselves virtually exclusively with the cognition and behavior of individuals, rather than with modeling the collective cognition among people interacting in groups.


In parallel, the new and exciting field of computational social science has burgeoned and has focused on modeling the interactions between members of groups and people in society at large. Computational social science uses tools that range from “big data” analyses and analysis of corpora of text to building models of collectives using an “agent-based” approach. To date, however, computational social scientists have largely made simplifying assumptions about the behavior of individual agents in their models.


The objective of the summer school on Computational Modeling of Cognition in a Social Context is to build a bridge between those two arenas that have thus far been pursued in parallel. The Summer School will be the first event, to our knowledge, that teaches students about modelling both individual cognition and the behavior of collectives of people. To this end, we have assembled a new team of instructors that spans both conventional cognitive modeling and computational social science.



We gratefully acknowledge funding from the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) which enabled us to plan the school.

The cost of attending the Summer School is not yet determined. Fees are subject to the outcome of further funding decisions and cost calculations, but we expect them to be between €900 and €1400 for accommodation and half board and tuition. The final amount will be known in early 2024, before the deadline for applications.


We invite applications from researchers at all levels (graduate students, post-docs, and faculty), from anywhere in the world. Visit for further details and to submit an application. Application deadline is 1 April 2024.

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