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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse.

My interdisciplinary research primarily focuses on the topics of cooperation, group decision-making, and social learning. To conduct my research, I employ methods from microeconomics, game theory, behavioral and experimental economics, agent-based modeling, and social choice theory.

Additionally, I am interested in software development related to experiments and data analysis and machine learning.

Public Profiles:

Github @aseyq
Twitter @aseyq
Google Scholar Ali Seyhun Saral
ORCID 0000-0002-5523-5355


Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Postdoctoral Researcher

2022 - Present

Unversity of Bologna

Postdoctoral Researcher

2021 - 2022

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Lab Manager

2018 - 2021

University of Trento

PhD in Economics and Management

2014 - 2019

Istanbul Bilgi University

M.Sc. in Economics

2010 - 2014

Istanbul University

BA in Economics

2006 - 2010



Competition and moral behavior: A meta-analysis of forty-five crowd-sourced experimental designs (many labs)

with C. Huber, A. Dreber, J. Huber, M. Johannesson, M. Kirchler, U. Weitzel, ... , F. Holzmeister

PNAS (2023)


Direct and indirect reciprocity among individuals and groups

with Angelo Romano and Junhui Wu

Current Opinion in Psychology (2022)


The stability of conditional cooperation: beliefs alone cannot explain the decline of cooperation in social dilemmas

with Luciano Andreozzi and Matteo Ploner

Scientific Reports (2020)


zBrac—A multilanguage tool for z-Tree

with Anna Marie Schröter

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance (2019)


Work in progress

Open and closed societies: six centuries of institutional change

with Marco Casari and Maurizio Lisciandro

Revise and Resubmit

Reciprocity in Dictator Games: An Experimental Study

with Luciano Andreozzi and Marco Faillo

CEEL Working Papers (2021)

In submission

Reciprocity as a social strategy evolves more readily under conflict rather than cooperation

with Angelo Romano and Carsten De Dreu

In submission

Wisdom of crowds under social influence: a comparison of voting rules

with Annika Hennes

Writing paper

Generating representative preferences: An algorithm to enumerate root profiles

with Fatma Aslan, Sebastian Kanunzinger and Jochen Staudacher

Writing paper

The Evolution of cognitively appealing practices

with Manvir Singh, Antoine Jacquet and Maxime Derex

Writing Paper

To what extent is technical reasoning beneficial for cumulative cultural evolution?

with Paula Ibáñez De Aldecoa and Maxime Derex

Writing Paper

Freeriding the past

with Adile Yasar and Maxime Derex

Design stage

Artificially Inspired: An experiment on AI's effects on creative skill enhancement

with Almudena Claasen, Piero Ronzani and Luca Verginer

Design stage

Projects & Software

Experiment Cookbook: A tutorial on oTree programming

oTree is a Python-based framework for developing interactive experiments for behavioral and experimental economics.

In this online book, I provide a tutorial on oTree programming as well as a collection of recipes for common tasks and problems in oTree.

In addition, I provide some introduction to Python, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for those who are not familiar with these languages.

The book is currently in progress. You can find the latest version of the book on the book's website.


zBrac: A translation tool for z-Tree

with Anna Schröter

zBrac is a tool designed to streamline text modification for z-Tree treatment files. With zBrac, you can easily export specified text into a language file and then import it back after modifying or translating the text. The primary advantage of using zBrac is that coding and text editing can be performed independently.


Experiment Cookbook

choicepy: A Python framework for social choice theory

with Annika Hennes

We are developing a Python package for computational projects on voting rules. We developed the core of the software for our paper Wisdom of Crowds Under Social Influence.

You can find some other small software/packages for researchers on my GitHub page that I won't list here.

Teaching & Materials

Introduction to Python & Experiments with oTree International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) Summer School 2023 Immenstaad, Germany
Games and Agents: Agent-Based Modeling Leiden University, Conflict and Cooperation Laboratory 2022 Leiden, Netherlands
Programming Experiments with oTree University of Erfurt 2021 Germany (Online)
R Programming for Mathematics University of Trento, Department of Economics and Management 2021 Trento, Italy
Version control with Git (Turkish) Ulusal Araştırma Verileri Sempozyumu 2021 Turkey (Online)
Programming Experiments with oTree Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2020 Bonn, Germany
Introduction to ggplot2 Judgement and Decision Making (JDMx) Workshop 2019 Trento, Italy
z-Tree Programming Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2018 Bonn, Germany
Game Theory (T.A.) Trento University 2017 Trento, Italy
z-Tree Programming (with Matteo Ploner) Ca' Foscari University 2017 Venice, Italy
Game Theory (T.A.) Istanbul Bilgi University 2013 Istanbul, Turkey
Advanced Microeconomics (T.A.) Istanbul Bilgi University 2012-2013 Istanbul, Turkey
Intermediate Microeconomics (T.A.) Istanbul Bilgi University 2012-2013 Istanbul, Turkey
z-Tree Programming Istanbul Bilgi University 2012, 2014, 2016 Istanbul, Turkey.


For your requests, comments, collaboration proposals or questions: ali.saral@iast.fr You can also contact me via Twitter.