Seminar Series

From sensory-motor associations to embodied numerical cognition

Numbers are no longer thought of as abstract and amodal concepts that we manipulate to compute quantities. Instead, number concepts have specific sensory and motor associations. I will review recent support for such sensory and motor biases in numerical cognition, focusing largely on behavioural evidence. To account for these findings I propose a theoretical framework for an embodied representation of number magnitude, according to which numerical concepts are grounded, embodied and situated.