Coordinator: Dr. K. K. Mashood
Empirical evidence for embodied mathematics and implications for education
Martin H Fischer, University of Potsdam, Germany
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After a brief introduction of the embodied cognitive sciences perspective, I will argue that number concepts are embodied because of their capacity to shape our perception and action. I will review supporting evidence, mostly from my own lab and in the context of a hierarchical framework that distinguishes numerical grounding, embodiment and situatedness. We can then discuss implications and ideas.
Fischer, M. H. (2012). A hierarchical view of grounded, embodied and situated numerical cognition. Cognitive Processing, 13, S161-S164. DOI 10.1007/s10339-012-0477-5.
After my Diploma in Psychology at Technical University Aachen/Germany in 1991, I worked in Massachusetts/USA on motor control during reaching and on the relationship between attention and eye movements. Following my Ph.D. in 1997, I was tenure tracking at Munich University in Germany before moving to Scotland/UK in 1999. There I started work on numerical cognition and became interested in embodiment as a cognitive principle. I was appointed at the University of Potsdam/Germany in 2011 where I now lead the Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/pecog/news