Mason’s Center for Social Complexity Joins Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Posted: July 22, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lori Jennings

George Mason’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study announced that the Center for Social Complexity (CSC), best known for its extensive research projects in computational social science, has become the fourth center to join the Krasnow Institute.

The partnership, effective July 1, further enforces the Krasnow Institute’s goal of bringing together scholars from a wide variety of specialties and disciplines to interact, share research, and work on joint projects.

“Social complexity is a critical emergent of cognitive complexity,” says James Olds, Krasnow director. “Because of this link, the Center for Social Complexity will bring a new area of strength to the Krasnow Institute—one which, I believe, will lead to very exciting and fruitful collaborations with our existing groups.”

Also housed within the Krasnow Institute are the Center for Neural Dynamics, a multidisciplinary research group focused on making advances in neurobiology; the Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics, a research center and laboratory dedicated to the experimental study of how emergent mental computations in the brain interact with the emergent computations of institutions to produce legal, political, and economic order; and the Center for the Study of Dyslexia and Talent, which is primarily interested in investigating the apparent associations between dyslexia and the visual and other nonverbal talents that many dyslexics seem to exhibit.

CSC, established in 2002 and directed by Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, represents Mason’s initiative in Computational Social Science, which will physically be housed in the new Research I building scheduled for completion next summer. The center aims to advance knowledge of pure and applied social science. It uses and develops computational and interdisciplinary approaches that yield new insights into the fundamental nature of social phenomena at all levels of social complexity, from cognitive networks to the world system.

More information on CSC can be found at the web site, which is being updated to reflect this organizational change.

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