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  1. Andrea Bender & Sieghard Beller (2014). Mapping Spatial Frames of Reference Onto Time: A Review of Theoretical Accounts and Empirical Findings. [REVIEW] Cognition 132 (3):342-382.
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  2. Sieghard Beller, Andrea Bender & Douglas L. Medin (2012). Should Anthropology Be Part of Cognitive Science? Topics in Cognitive Science 4 (3):342-353.
    Anthropology and the other cognitive science (CS) subdisciplines currently maintain a troubled relationship. With a debate in topiCS we aim at exploring the prospects for improving this relationship, and our introduction is intended as a catalyst for this debate. In order to encourage a frank sharing of perspectives, our comments will be deliberately provocative. Several challenges for a successful rapprochement are identified, encompassing the diverging paths that CS and anthropology have taken in the past, the degree of compatibility between (1) (...)
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  3. Andrea Bender & Sieghard Beller (2012). Nature and Culture of Finger Counting: Diversity and Representational Effects of an Embodied Cognitive Tool. Cognition 124 (2):156-182.
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  4. Andrea Bender, Sieghard Beller & Douglas L. Medin (2012). Turning Tides: Prospects for More Diversity in Cognitive Science. Topics in Cognitive Science 4 (3):462-466.
    This conclusion of the debate on anthropology’s role in cognitive science provides some clarifications and an overview of emergent themes. It also lists, as cases of good practice, some examples of productive cross-disciplinary collaboration that evince a forward momentum in the relationship between anthropology and the other cognitive sciences.
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  5. Andrea Bender, Annelie Rothe-Wulf, Lisa Hüther & Sieghard Beller (2012). Moving Forward in Space and Time: How Strong is the Conceptual Link Between Spatial and Temporal Frames of Reference? Frontiers in Psychology 3.
    People often use spatial vocabulary to describe temporal relations, and this increasingly has motivated attempts to map spatial frames of reference (FoRs) onto time. Recent research suggested that speech communities, which differ in how they conceptualize space, may also differ in how they conceptualize time and, more specifically, that the preferences for spatial FoRs should carry over to the domain of time. Here, we scrutinize this assumption (a) by reviewing data from recent studies on temporal references, (b) by comparing data (...)
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  6. Andrea Bender, Hans Spada, Annelie Rothe, Simone Traber & Karsten Rauss (2012). Anger Elicitation in Tonga and Germany: The Impact of Culture on Cognitive Determinants of Emotions. Frontiers in Psychology 3.
    The cognitive appraisal of an event is crucial for the elicitation and differentiation of emotions, and causal attributions are an integral part of this process. In an interdisciplinary project comparing Tonga and Germany, we examined how cultural differences in attribution tendencies affect emotion assessment and elicitation. Data on appraising causality and responsibility and on emotional responses were collected through questionnaires based on experimentally designed vignettes, and were related to culture-specific values, norms, and the prevailing self-concept. The experimental data support our (...)
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  7. Andrea Bender, Hans Spada, Annelie Rothe-Wulf, Simone Traber & Karsten Rauss (2012). Anger Elicitation in Tonga and Germany: The Impact of Culture on Cognitive Determinants of Emotions. Frontiers in Psychology 3.
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  8. Sieghard Beller & Andrea Bender (2011). Explicating Numerical Information: When and How Fingers Support (or Hinder) Number Comprehension and Handling. Frontiers in Psychology 2.
    Explicating Numerical Information: When and How Fingers Support (or Hinder) Number Comprehension and Handling.
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  9. Andrea Bender & Sieghard Beller (2011). Causal Asymmetry Across Cultures: Assigning Causal Roles in Symmetric Physical Settings. Frontiers in Psychology 2.
    In the cognitive sciences, causal cognition in the physical domain has featured as a core research topic, but the impact of culture has been rarely ever explored. One case in point for a topic on which this neglect is pronounced is the pervasive tendency of people to consider one of two (equally important) entities as more important for bringing about an effect. In order to scrutinize how robust such tendencies are across cultures, we asked German and Tongan participants to assign (...)
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  10. Andrea Bender & Sieghard Beller (2011). Fingers as a Tool for Counting – Naturally Fixed or Culturally Flexible? Frontiers in Psychology 2.
    Fingers as a Tool for Counting – Naturally Fixed or Culturally Flexible?
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  11. Andrea Bender & Sieghard Beller (2011). The Cultural Constitution of Cognition: Taking the Anthropological Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology 2.
    To what extent is cognition affected by culture? And how might cognitive science profit from an intensified collaboration with anthropology in exploring this issue? In order to answer these questions, we will first give a brief description of different perspectives on cognition, one that prevails in most cognitive sciences—particularly in cognitive psychology—and one in anthropology. Three basic assumptions of cognitive science regarding the separability of content and process, the context-independence of processing, and the culture-independence of processing will then be discussed. (...)
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  12. Andrea Bender, Sieghard Beller, Giovanni Bennardo, James S. Boster, Asifa Majid & Douglas L. Medin (2010). Bridging the Gap: From Cognitive Anthropology to Cognitive Science. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society.
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  13. Andrea Bender, Edwin Hutchins & Douglas Medin (2010). Anthropology in Cognitive Science. Topics in Cognitive Science 2 (3):374-385.
    This paper reviews the uneven history of the relationship between Anthropology and Cognitive Science over the past 30 years, from its promising beginnings, followed by a period of disaffection, on up to the current context, which may lay the groundwork for reconsidering what Anthropology and (the rest of) Cognitive Science have to offer each other. We think that this history has important lessons to teach and has implications for contemporary efforts to restore Anthropology to its proper place within Cognitive Science. (...)
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  14. Andrea Bender, Sieghard Beller, Marc Brysbaert, Stanislas Dehaene & Heike Wiese (2009). Mathematical Cognition and its Cultural Dimension. In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
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  15. Andrea Bender, Hans Spada, Stefan Seitz, Hannah Swoboda & Simone Traber (2007). Anger and Rank in Tonga and Germany: Cognition, Emotion, and Context. Ethos 35 (2):196-234.
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  16. Dr Sieghard Beller, Andrea Bender & Gregory Kuhnm (2005). Understanding Conditional Promises and Threats. Thinking and Reasoning 11 (3):209 – 238.
    Conditional promises and threats are speech acts that are used to manipulate other people's behaviour. Studies on human reasoning typically use propositional logic to analyse what people infer from such inducements. While this approach is sufficient to uncover conceptual features of inducements, it fails to explain them. To overcome this limitation, we propose a multilevel analysis integrating motivational, linguistic, deontic, behavioural, and emotional aspects. Commonalities and differences between conditional promises and threats on various levels were examined in two experiments. The (...)
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  17. Sieghard Beller, Andrea Bender & Gregory Kuhnmünch (2005). Understanding Conditional Promises and Threats. Thinking and Reasoning 11 (3):209-238.
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