We are a highly interdisciplinary research group working at the intersection among cognitive, social and computational sciences. LABSS is based at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and aims to foster an explorative approach to Agent Based Modeling and Simulation.

The change in social norms in the Mafia's territories: the anti-racket movement of Addiopizzo

New paper 'The change in social norms in the Mafia's territories: The anti-racket movement of Addiopizzo' by Giulia Andrighetto and Francesca Lipari just published on the Journal of Institutional Economics

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LABSS is opening soon a 2-year post-doc position

The Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation (LABSS-CNR) is opening soon a 2-year post-doc position investigating the role of social norms in the spread of misinformation about the Covid pandemic in online communities.

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Post-doc fellowship: Theory and experiments on social norms and their dynamics (Deadline July 2nd 2020)

The Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies at the Italian Research Council (CNR) is inviting applications for one full-time post-doc research fellowship within the Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation (LABSS) to investigate experimentally the effects of group identity on the enforcement and dynamics of social norms.

Strong and highly motivated candidates with a background in experimental social psychology/sociology/philosophy/economics are invited to apply. The appointment will be for one year (12 months). After satisfactory evaluation, it may be extended for an additional period. The successful applicant is expected to start on October 1st 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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Peer effects on compliance with extortive requests

New paper in PLOSONE by Giulia Andrighetto and Daniela Grieco on peer effects on compliance with extortive requests.

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Guilt Aversion in (New) Games: the Role of Vulnerability

We're glad to announce that Prof. Giuseppe Attanasi (Université Cote d'Azur, Nice) will present a seminar on: Guilt Aversion in (New) Games: the Role of Vulnerability, Thursday, February 13 at 14:30 in Sala Europa, via Palestro 32, (ISTC-CNR).

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Prof. Rainer Hegselmann on the unexpectedly non-monotonic Bounded Confidence Model

a seminar on "Computer-Aided Speculations in Social Epistemology: A Case Study on the Bounded Confidence Model". Wednesday 5 Feb, at 11:00 in room Piaget; Via S. Martino della Battaglia 44, 00185 Rome (ITALY)

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ABM of social behavior

Agent-based models of social behavior. Because they are interesting from a scientific point of view (and even useful!). Mario Paolucci talks about it

Gianluca Grimalda ... Improve Cooperation to Prevent Collective Losses ...

Gianluca Grimalda presenting his work titled “Sanctions and International Interactions Improve Cooperation to Prevent Collective Losses” The use of sanctions is often invoked to bolster international agreements. For instance, it has been proposed to link lack of compliance to climate change agreements with trade sanctions. We investigate experimentally whether sanctions may improve international cooperation.

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American Society of Criminology 2019 Outstanding Article Award

The article How Institutions and Attitudes Shape Tax Compliance: A Cross-National Experiment and Survey

( by Fred Pampel, Giulia Andrighetto and Sven Steinmo)

published in Social Forces has won the 2019 Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime OutstandingArticle Award competition of the American Society of Criminology.


A project video, offering an overview of the key concepts and motivations of the EU-funded PROTON, as well as of its main outcomes. PROTON is aimed to understand the social, economic, and psychological factors that lead people into organised crime and terrorist groups and to use computational tools for modelling these processes and test interventions aimed to prevent and fight the recruitment process of mafia and terrorist organisations.

This webinar consists of presentations of the Agent-Based Simulations of Organised Crime and Terrorist Recruitment Models (PROTON-S).

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