Centre for Quantum Social and Cognitive Science

The Centre for Quantum Social and Cognitive Science (CQSCS) at Memorial University brings together top researchers working in the field of applying quantum mechanics formalism to the social sciences.

Building on the work of the Institute for Quantum Social and Cognitive Science (IQSCS) at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, the centre support researchers and broadly disseminates knowledge through events and publications.

Research associated with this centre has to date established an excellent research record, with publications in well-established journals such as PNAS and other important mainstream journals in both psychology and economics. Several monographs have also been published with Cambridge University Press.

Current activities
The CQSCS is currently planning for the 2022-2023 year, which will include research talks, filming at university by the American Physical Society and a workshop at the Fields Institute, University of Toronto.

Special issues

  • Thermodynamics 2.0: Bridging the Natural and Social Science. Special issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/journal/rsta (Co-Editors: G. Georgiev (Assumption University , USA); U. Gunes (Duke University, USA); E. Haven; R. Poudel (Appalachian State University, USA); H. Zhang (University of Massachusetts – Amherts, USA)).
  • Predictive modelling of cognition and behavior on quantum principles. Special issue in Frontiers in Psychology (Co-Editors: I. Surov (ITMO, Russia); E. Haven; P. beim Graben (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany); S. Sozzo (Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy); C. Moreira (Queensland University of Technology , Australia)).
  • The close connection between economics and quantum theory: a topological exploration. Special issue in Quantum Reports (Co-Editors: G. Chichilnisky (Columbia University, USA); P. Eisenberger (Columbia University, USA); E. Haven; A. Khrennikov (Linnaeus University, Sweden)).

Organizational struture
Click here to see our current members and their roles.


The CQSCS is proud to work closely with:

Past events

  • Special Symposium on Quantum Probability in Economics
    • New York University (NYU), Fudan University, University of Leicester (July 3-4, 2017)
    • Organizers: Adam Brandenburger (NYU), Emmanuel Haven (Leicester), Andrei Khrennikov (Linnaeus University), Mark Machina (University of California, San Diego), Sandro Sozzo (Leicester)
    • Keynote speakers:Yitzhak Gilboa (HEC, Paris), Massimo Marinacci (Università Bocconi)
    • See special issue: Journal of Mathematical Economics
  • Quantum Probability and the Mathematical Modelling of Decision-making
    • Fields Institute, University of Toronto, Canada (March 9-11, 2015)
    • Organizers: Jerome Busemeyer (Indiana University, Bloomington), Ehtibar Dzhafarov (Purdue University), Emmanuel Haven (Leicester), Andrei Khrennikov (Linnaeus University), Arkady Plotnitsky (Purdue University), Emmanuel Pothos (City University London)
    • Keynote speakers: Adam Brandenburger, J.P. Valles Professor of Business Economics and Strategy, New York University; Karl Gustafson, University of North Carolina, Boulder; Donald Saari, UCI Distinguished Professor, University of California Irvine

Past special issues

Past research talks

  • Statistical microeconomics and commodity prices: Theory and empirical results
    • Speaker: Belal Baaquie, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Balanced quantum-like Bayesian networks
    • Speaker: Andreas Wichert, Univesidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • State as a linearization and a stochastic (in)dependence in the generalized probability theory
    • Speaker: Dušana Štiberova, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Republic
  • Probabilistic contextuality in physics and human behaviour
    • Speaker: Ehti Dzhafarov, Purdue University, United States
  • The conjunction fallacy in quantum decision theory
    • Speaker: Tatyana Kovalenko, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Quantum-like Bayesian networks for decision-making and applications to finance and economics
    • Speaker: Caterina Moreira, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • An operatorial approach to decision-making
    • Speaker: Fabio Bagarello, Università di Palermo, Italy

Past grants received

Quartz Innovation Training Network: seven European institutions and 13 early-stage researchers received the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network grant for the application of formalism of quantum theory to information retrieval. The University of Leicester is a partner in the QUARTZ consortium with Dr. Sandro Sozzo as the scientist in charge and research supervisor.