A two-day workshop taking place virtually on the emerging field of cognitive economics.

9-10 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.

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.

Following on from the Cognitive Economics Society’s first workshop in London, the second conference’s primary aim is the exchange of ideas and knowledge about cognitive economics. 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 www.cognitiveeconomics.org/resources. 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.

Submission deadline: midnight in any time zone on Thursday 30 April 2020. Please visit www.cognitiveeconomics.org/events for further information on how to apply.