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Publication . Preprint . Article . 2021

The Cultural Challenge in Mathematical Cognition

Sieghard Beller; Andrea Bender; Stephen Chrisomalis; Fiona M. Jordan; Karenleigh A. Overmann; Geoffrey B. Saxe; Dirk Schlimm;
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In their recent paper on “Challenges in mathematical cognition”, Alcock and colleagues (Alcock et al. [2016]. Challenges in mathematical cognition: A collaboratively-derived research agenda. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 2, 20-41) defined a research agenda through 26 specific research questions. An important dimension of mathematical cognition almost completely absent from their discussion is the cultural constitution of mathematical cognition. Spanning work from a broad range of disciplines – including anthropology, archaeology, cognitive science, history of science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology – we argue that for any research agenda on mathematical cognition the cultural dimension is indispensable, and we propose a set of exemplary research questions related to it. publishedVersion

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Epistemology Research questions Numerical cognition Set (psychology) Sociology Dimension (data warehouse) Constitution media_common.quotation_subject media_common History of science Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory

Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:Psychology lcsh:BF1-990 lcsh:Mathematics lcsh:QA1-939


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Cultural Evolution of Kinship Diversity: Variation in Language, Cognition, and Social Norms Regarding Family
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 639291
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG
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