Mind & Society

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 113-118

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Special issue on “experimental economics and the social embedding of economic behaviour and cognition”

Introductory article: the implication of social cognition for experimental economics
  • Christophe HeintzAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Cognitive Science program, Central European University Email author 
  • , Nicholas BardsleyAffiliated withSchool of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading

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Can human social cognitive processes and social motives be grasped by the methods of experimental economics? Experimental studies of strategic cognition and social preferences contribute to our understanding of the social aspects of economic decisions making. Yet, papers in this issue argue that the social aspects of decision-making introduce several difficulties for interpreting the results of economic experiments. In particular, the laboratory is itself a social context, and in many respects a rather distinctive one, which raises questions of external validity.


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