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.

Collective threats make social norms more rigid

Changes in social norms during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic across 43 countries

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New projects

In the last months researchers of the LABSS have won various national and international research grants. Some of the new projects we are working on are about fostering open science (FOSSR), future AI research (FAIR), reducing, reusing, and rethinking packaging (R3PACK), dynamics of social norms under collective risk (DYNOSOR), the behavioural immune system and social conformity (BISSCo), cooperation and brain-synchrony (COBRA), and security and rights in Cyberspace (SERICs).

FOSSR and FAIR received funding by the Italian Ministry of University and Research as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), R3PACK is funded through a European Horizon grant, and DYNOSOR, BISSCO, COBRA, and SERICs are funded through the Italian PRIN grant scheme. Click here for more information about these projects. 

In the upcoming weeks and months we will open various calls for postdoc positions related to these projects. Keep an eye out for updates or contact the LABSS researchers working on these projects for more information.

LABSS-ISTC is looking for a postdoctoral researcher, COBRA project

COBRA Project

COoperation and BRAin-Synchrony: a multiscale and translable approach – Funded under the PRIN PROGETTI DI RICERCA DI RILEVANTE INTERESSE NAZIONALE (2022-2024)

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LABSS-ISTC is looking for a postdoctoral researcher: FAIR project

FAIR Project

Extended Partnership on Artificial Intelligence “Future AI Research” (FAIR), funded by the Ministry of University and Research as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) (2023-2026).

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Complex networks in high school: structure and dynamics

Anxo Sanchez. In this talk I will present the results of a study on networks of relationships we have been conducting with high schools since 2018. Our rich dataset allows us to answer both structural and dynamical (longitudinal) questions.

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Co-evolution of behavior and beliefs in social dilemmas: estimating material, social, cognitive and cultural determinants

Sergey Gavrilets. Understanding and predicting human cooperative behavior and beliefs dynamics remain a major challenge both from the scientific and practical perspectives. Because of the complexity and multiplicity of material, social and cognitive factors involved both empirical and theoretical work tend to focus only on some snippets of the puzzle.

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Sergey Gavrilets and Anxo Sanchez at the Labss

From the 2nd until the 6th of October Sergey Gavrilets and Anxo Sanchez visited the Labss.

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New paper about cooperation

Enabling imitation‑based cooperation in dynamic social networks.

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Social Norm Changes. Workshop: Drivers and Consequences

On June 16-17 Giulia Andrighetto, Eva Vriens, and Nanda Wijermans (IFFS) organise a workshop on Social Norm Change at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm.

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Postdoc advertisement. How social norms emerge and change in on-line communities. Extended deadline ! 09/12/2021

The Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation (LABSS) at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) is opening a post-doc position for investigating how social norms emerge and change in on-line communities and the extent to which they  affect the debate in the online context, e.g., spreading of misinformation and “fake news”, hate speech, etc. This line of research will contribute to the research agenda of the EU-funded HUMANE-AI NET, a network that brings together top European research centers, universities and key industrial champions interested in developing AI-systems capable of “understanding” humans, adapting to complex real-world environments, and appropriately interacting in complex social settings.

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