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Cognitive Foundations of Decision-Making
July 22–27, 2024, in Rabat, Morocco

The summer school aims to build cognitive foundations for the modelling and measurement of decision-making under risk and over time by pooling insights from neuroscience, psychology, and economics. The ultimate goal is to move toward an integrated, neuro-biologically founded understanding of decision-making.

Application Procedure:

Applications to the summer school are now closed. You can download a schedule for the event here.

Detailed Information:

Below you can find detailed information on the summer school and how to apply. In case of questions, please contact Ferdinand Vieider at


July 22–27, 2024, inclusive


University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P), Rabat, Morocco


Mohammed Abdellaoui (CNRS & HEC Paris) 

Ferdinand Vieider (Ghent University & UM6P)

Speakers and Topics: 

Larbi Alaoui (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Bounded rationality and strategic behaviour

Peter Bossaerts (University of Cambridge)

Computational Complexity and Economic Decisions

Rava Azeredo da Silveira (CNRS and University of Basel)

Neural Coding, Cognitive Representation, and Decisions

Joseph Kable (University of Pennsylvania)

Neural foundations of decision-making

Rafael Polania (ETH Zurich)

Efficient coding and (economic) decisions

Ferdinand Vieider (Ghent University & UM6P)

Bayesian Inference as a unifying theory of decision-making

Ryan Webb (University of Toronto)

Neural constraints, habit formation, and stochasticity



Additional introductory modules will be provided on:

Olivier L’Haridon (Université de Rennes)

Information Theory as a tool for Decision-Modelling

Emmanuel Kemel (CNRS)

An Introduction to Structural Estimations in R 

Target Audience: 

Young researchers interested in the cognitive basis of decision-making as a way of furthering our knowledge and understanding of decision-making processes. The summer school is open to PhD students, postdocs, and junior assistant professors interested in these topics and regardless of formal study background. However, a solid understanding of standard models of decision-making such as expected utility theory, discounted utility theory, and of behavioural generalizations of these models is highly desirable.

Structure and philosophy

Mornings and most early afternoons are dedicated to lectures on the topics described above. The rest of the afternoon is reserved for students to pitch research ideas/papers to other students and faculty, and to get feedback on models or experimental designs (on a voluntary basis). These feedback sessions will be organized in small, targeted groups, and may include other students, speakers, as well as other RISLab members. The idea is to create a format that allows for the informal exchange of ideas amongst students and faculty.


The summer school will accept a maximum of 30 applicants. Applications should include the following documents:

  • A short CV

  • A letter of interest detailing the candidate’s motivation (max 1 page)

In case of over-subscription, a selection will be made based on the motivation and background of the candidates.

Please submit you application by email to 


The summer school will take place on the brand-new campus of UM6P near Rabat, Morocco. The campus is located some 20 minutes by car outside of the city center of Rabat. Accommodation for all participants will be provided on campus in individual studio-apartments. The fees listed below further include an airport shuttle from Rabat airport (shuttles from Casablanca can be organized upon request), the costs for the accommodation, coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners on campus, as well as shuttles to the city on two free afternoons.  


Regular Fee: € 1,200

Reduced Fee: € 900 (for students affiliated to institutions in Africa)


28 March, 2024

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