Short CV/Education and training

  • 2010 – 2013
    Co-chair of the international research group "The cultural constitution of causal cognition: Re-integrating anthropology into the cognitive sciences" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University, with 1 year residency 2011/12

  • 2010 and 2011
    Visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands

  • Since 2009
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG), Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg

  • 2008 – 2009
    Research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg (and concomitantly adjunct lecturer in the Department of Ethnology, Heidelberg University)

  • 2008
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in psychology at the University of Freiburg

  • 2003 – 2008
    Fellowship from the Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Programme, State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany

  • 2000
    PhD in cultural anthropology, University of Freiburg

  • 1996 – 2003
    Scientific staff member and assistant professor (replacement) Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg

  • 1996 – 2003
    Research fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Palaeoscientific Studies(F.I.P.S.)

  • 1996 – 1997
    Scholarship from the Landes-Graduiertenförderung & DAAD

  • 1995
    M.A. from the University of Freiburg, Germany

Selected publications

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2013). Die Welt des Denkens: Kognitive Einheit, kulturelle Vielfalt [The world of reasoning: Cognitive unity, cultural diversity]. Bern: Huber.

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2012). Nature and culture of finger counting: Diversity and representational effects of an embodied cognitive tool. Cognition, 124, 156-182.

  • Bender, A., Beller, S., & Medin, D. L. (Eds.) (2012). Does cognitive science need anthropology? Topics in Cognitive Science, 4(3).

  • Bender, A., Rothe-Wulf, A., Hüther, L., & Beller, S. (2012). Moving forward in space and time: How strong is the conceptual link between spatial and temporal frames of reference? Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology, 3:486, 1-11.

  • Bender, A., Beller, S., & Klauer, K. C. (2011). Grammatical gender in German – a case for linguistic relativity? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1821-1835.

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2011). Cultural variation in numeration systems and their mapping onto the mental number line. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42, 579-597.

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2011). Causal asymmetry across cultures: Assigning causal roles in symmetric physical settings. Frontiers in Psychology, 2:231.

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2011). The cultural constitution of cognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 67.

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2011). Numerical cognition and ethnomathematics. In D. Kronenfeld et al. (Eds.), A companion to cognitive anthropology (pp. 270-289). Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Bender, A., Hutchins, E., Medin, D. L. (2010). Anthropology in cognitive science. Topics in Cognitive Science, 2(3), 374-385.

  • Bender, A., Beller, S., & Bennardo, G. (2010). Temporal frames of reference: Conceptual analysis and empirical evidence from German, English, Mandarin Chinese, and Tongan. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10, 283-307.

  • Beller, S., & Bender, A. (2010). Allgemeine Psychologie – Denken und Sprache. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

  • Bender, A., & Röttger-Rössler, B. (Eds.) (2010). Ethnologie und Kognitionswissenschaften im Dialog [Special Issue]. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, 135 (2).

  • Beller, S., & Bender, A. (2008). The limits of counting: Numerical cognition between evolution and culture. Science, 319, 213-215.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project: "Spatial referencing across languages: Cultural preferences and cognitive implications", 2013 – 2015

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project: "Assignment of causal roles in the physical domain: The significance of cultural concepts and linguistic cues", 2011 – 2013

  • "Cultural constitution of causal cognition" research group, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, since 2010

  • DFG project: "Culture-specific self-concepts, ascription of responsibility, and anger", 2003 – 2006

  • DFG project: "Information, institutions and breakdown of cooperation in social-ecological dilemmas (the commons)", 1997 – 2000

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Governing board: Cognitive Science Society

  • Spokesperson of the Section on "Cognitive Anthropology" within the German Anthropological Association (DGV)

  • Associate editor: Topics in Cognitive Science, Frontiers in Cognitive Science

  • Review editorial board: Frontiers in Cultural Psychology

Additional qualifications

  • Field research in the Kingdom of Tonga, since 1997 (about 40 months altogether)

  • Various research trips to Polynesia, New Zealand, Fiji and Guam

  • Teaching in cultural anthropology and psychology, since 2000

  • Organization of conferences and workshops


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