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Research on the embodiment of number and mathematics

Research on the embodiment of number and mathematics

 

How do we think about entities that are so abstract that they can't be seen, touched, or heard? In the Embodied Cognition Lab, we investigate cognition from the perspective of the embodied mind, studying the ways in which our understanding of the most abstract concepts (e.g. negative numbers) are grounded in our embodied experience. We may reason about numbers and arithmetic, for instance, by recycling cognitive resources that are otherwise used to understand space, motion, or action.

We are seeking research assistants to work on new and ongoing projects investigating the embodied nature of number and arithmetic. Methods include gesture analysis and behavioral experiments, including mousetracking. You should be motivated and responsible, with an interest in abstraction, inference, and conceptual systems. You will learn -- and help with -- experimental design, data collection, and some data analysis. No experience necessary -- just a willingness to collaborate, work, and learn. 

 

Requirements: 3.0+ GPA, 3.3+ GPA preferred; junior or senior standing; interest in abstraction, inference, and conceptual systems; interest in mathematics is an added bonus. Research Assistants should be motivated, independent, and responsible. Minimum 2-quarter commitment.