Individual and social predictors of irrational behavior and beliefs


The Editors of Studia Psychologica currently welcome contributions for the following monothematic issue of Studia Psychologica:

Individual and social predictors of irrational behavior and beliefs

Why people often decide poorly or believe in weird things? In this issue we focus on individual and social predictors of poor reasoning and decision making and the ways we can help people to reason better and make more informed decisions.

The special issue welcomes papers on, but would not be limited to:

  • Predictors of cognitive biases and unfounded beliefs (e.g. pseudoscientific beliefs, beliefs in paranormal phenomena, conspiracy theories, bullshit, etc.)
  • biased reasoning in domains related to health, politics and finances
  • interaction of cognitive, emotional, personality and/or social factors influencing beliefs, reasoning and decision making
  • testing of debiasing and intervention possibilities with aim to help people to reason better
  • testing of theoretical models explaining cognitive biases and unfounded beliefs
  • role of scientific reasoning and scientific literacy in better reasoning
  • identification and validation of new methods and approaches to measuring biased reasoning and unfounded beliefs



Only one paper per author is allowed.

Articles are expected in length of around 20 double-spaced pages (around 6000 words) including abstract, tables and references.

Please refer to for additional instructions.

Submissions to this journal are through the on-line submission system here:

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Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu of the submission process.



Call for papers: November 1, 2019

Deadline for submission: August 30, 2020

Publication: Issue 1 or 2 (spring 2021)


Special Issue Editors

Vladimíra Čavojová & Jakub Šrol

Institute of Experimental Psychology, Centre for Social and Psychological Sciences, Slovak Academy of Sciences