The Cultural Challenge in Mathematical Cognition

Sieghard Beller, Fiona Jordan

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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 re-search 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 exem-plary research questions related to it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-463
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Numerical Cognition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2018


  • numerical cognition
  • research agenda
  • culture
  • Mathematical cognition


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