Centers of excellence


The Center for Strategic Analysis of the SAS, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategies of the Company, acronym CESTA, was the Center of Excellence of the SAS, which was established by the SAS Presidium on August 4, 2011.

The Institute of Experimental Psychology SAS was a partner institution of the main holder of the Center, which was the Institute for Forecasting of SAS.
The main goal of the whole project was to develop research of strategic decision-making on the theoretical, experimental and empirical levels. The Institute of Experimental Psychology SAS, as well as its partner institution, the Institute of Applied Psychology at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, focused on the psychological dimensions of strategic individual and team decision-making. The results were used in the development of decision-making training, the creation of expert teams; in specific areas of forecasting, environmental development, security, etc.

Head of the Center:
Mgr. JUDr. M. Lubyová, PhD. (Institute for Forecasting SAS)

Principal Investigator of the Center for IEP SAS:
prof. PhDr. Viera Bačová, DrSc.

Principal Investigator of the Center for IAP FSES UK:
prof. PhDr. T. Kollárik, DrSc.

Team: Decision making strategies in simple (binary) and complex choice
prof. PhDr. Viera Bačová, DrSc.
doc. Ing. Vladimír Baláž, PhD., DrSc. (Institute for Forecasting SAS)
PhDr. M. Stríženec, DrSc.
Mgr. Eva Drobná
Mgr. K. Dudeková

Team: Strategic decision making of experts
PaedDr. V. Čavojová, PhD.
PhDr. Z. Törvényi Belovičová, PhD.
PhDr. E. Ballová Mikušková, PhD.
Mgr. Ing. Róbert Hanák, PhD.
Mgr. H. Harenčárová

Team: Individual and social decision making
PhDr. Radomír Masaryk, PhD.
Mgr. J. Bašnáková, MSc.
Mgr. L. Kostovičová

Team: Career decision-making strategies
prof. PhDr. T. Kollárik, DrSc.,
doc. PhDr. Alojz Ritomský, PhD.
doc. PhDr. Eva Letovancová, PhD.
Doc. Mgr. Elena Lisá, PhD.
PhDr. Katarína Hennelová, PhD.
Mgr. Peter Broniš

The Slovak Academy of Sciences began establishing Centres of Excellence in 2003 to unite workers from different institutions (academic, applied research, industrial) into functional units with a coherent research project focusing on a common field of research


The Institute of Experimental Psychology was the holder of the Centre of Excellence in the Research of Cognition CEVKOG in 2007 – 2010. The Centre focused on the intensive research of higher cognitive functions as thinking, problem solving, decision making, intelligence, creativity and wisdom.

Head of the Centre was Professor Imrich Ruisel.

The Institute of Experimental Psychology was the main holder of the Centre of Excellence.

Partner institutions were: Institute of Social Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Košice, Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Social Sciences and Health Care of the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Faculty of Management of the University of Prešov in Prešov, Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology in Bratislava.

Knowledge obtained through CEVKOG was published within the monograph:

Imrich Ruisel, Alexandra Prokopčáková (Eds.): Kognitívny portrét človeka (2010). Bratislava: UEP SAV, 347 s., ISBN 978-80-88910-29-9


The Institute of Experimental Psychology was the main holder of the Centre of Excellence in the Research of Intelligence and Creativity CEVIT in 2003 – 2006. The Centre’s activity was focused on the concentrated research of personality regulators of intelligence and creativity in different social and cultural conditions.

Knowledge obtained through the Centre’s activity was to some extent published within the following monographs:

Imrich Ruisel et al.: Reflections on intelligence and personality (2006)
Imrich Ruisel (Ed.): Wisdom – Intelligence – Personality (2006)
Daniela Kusá et al.: Apparent and hidden creativity (2006)

Fulltexts (in Slovak) are available as pdf documents in Publications