Institute of Experimental

Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences, S.A.Sc.

Dúbravská cesta 9
841 04 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
"I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions
come by accident; they came by work."           T. A. Edison

Our mission

The Institute of Experimental Psychology is an organization specializing in science and research. Its main focus lies with basic research of cognitive processes in social context and its main aim is to contribute to the understanding of cognitive processes in everyday human life. The main mission of the Institute is to conduct research; to obtain, process and distribute scientific findings.


The Institute was founded in 1952, originally as the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Philosophy of the SASc.A (Slovak Academy of Sciences and Arts, the predecessor of the current Slovak Academy of Sciences). The founded Department of Psychology was the very first institution in Slovakia with a focus on psychological research. The Department achieved independence in April 1955 and was rebuilt into the Psychological Laboratory of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and was known as The Institute of Experimental Psychology SASc. between 1963 and 2015. Since 2015 the Institute is a part of the Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences SASc.

Current research areas

- Decision making of experts: Experts using intuition in solving strategic tasks
- Personality aspects of efficient self-regulation and decision making in emotionally stressful situations
- Social influences in individual decision making
- Personal need for structure in the process of decision making and coping
- Decision making in professional field
- and others

Research cooperation

The Institute has standing research cooperation with significant institutions abroad, such as:
- Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands
- University of Essex, United Kingdom
- Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto, Canada
- Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic
- University of California, Riverside, USA
- and others