Call for applications
Summer School in Experimental Methods and Simulations for Social and Cognitive Sciences (EMS-SCS)National Research University Higher School of EconomicsOnline/St. Petersburg, Russia, July 13-22 2021
Deadline for applications: May 16, 2021
On July 13-22 2021, the Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics housed at the St. Petersburg campus of the Higher School of Economics will host an international summer school in experimental methods and simulation for social and cognitive sciences. The Summer School will be held in a mixed, online/offline format, designed to provide a full learning experience for students attending virtually and physically alike.The school will bring together a strong international lineup of academics with a track record of excellence in experimentation and agent-based modeling (ABM) in fields as diverse as cognitive and social psychology, sociology, media studies, and psycholinguistics. The program will include courses and workshops aiming at both enhancing students’ conceptual understanding of the foundations of experimental research, and equipping them with hands-on experience in designing and executing experiments of their own.
Instructors and courses● Meghan Sanders, Associate Professor and Director of Media Effects Lab at Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University. A virtual course on online experiments, with a focus on entertainment media and marketing.
● Reinhold Kliegl, Senior Professor at the Division of Training and Movement Science, former chair of the Division of Cognitive Psychology, University of Potsdam. Guest lecture on the opportunities and limitations of eye-tracking research of reading and attention.
● Elena Gorbunova, Director, Laboratory for Cognitive Psychology of Digital Interface Users, HSE, Moscow. An introduction to experiments with a focus on psychology, and a workshop on online experimental software.
● Martin Lukac, LSE Fellow in Computational Social Science in the Methodology Department at the London School of Economics. An online workshop on simulated experiments – agent-based modeling.
● Svetlana Alexeeva, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Cognitive Studies, St.Petersburg State University. An offline workshop on eye-tracking experiments.
● Amalia Álvarez Benjumea, Senior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for research on collective goods. A virtual course on natural and field experiments in social contexts.
The program is aimed at scholars from a broad range of social and cognitive sciences who are looking to acquire knowledge and skills in experimental research.
Participation requires fluency in English, the working language of the School, and a command of basic principles of quantitative social science research. We welcome academic and industry research professionals at any career stage. Applications from doctoral students will also be considered.
Please note that hands-on workshops may have individual coding prerequisites. Participation in the (offline-only) eye tracker tutorial requires proficiency with R, and those taking the O-Tree online tutorial are expected to be familiar with Python. The course schedule will be optimized to accommodate learners located in the time zones spanning London to Beijing. Please consult the schedule in order to determine the feasibility of attendance considering your location.
Fees and travel
Information about participation fees, along with application instructions and travel-related details you can find on the School website.