Short CV/Education and training

  • since 2017
    Co-PI and member of leader group in the SFF Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE), University of Bergen

  • since 2017
    Full Professor for General Psychology, Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen

  • since 2013
    Associate Professor for General Psychology, Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen

  • 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., & Klauer, K. C. (2018). Gender congruency from a neutral point of view: The roles of gender classes and gender-indicating articles. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. [advance online publication]

  • Beller, S., Bender, A., Chrisomalis, S., Jordan, F. M., Overmann, K. A., Saxe, G. B., & Schlimm, D. (2018). The cultural challenge in mathematical cognition. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 4(2), 448-463.

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2017). The power of 2: How an apparently irregular numeration system facilitates mental arithmetic. Cognitive Science, 41, 158–187.

  • Beller, S., & Bender, A. (2017). Theory, the final frontier? A corpus-based analysis of the role of theory in psychological articles. Frontiers in Psychology: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 8:951, 1-16.

  • Bender, A., Beller, S., & Medin, D. L. (2017). Causal cognition and culture. In M. R. Waldmann (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of causal reasoning (pp. 717-738). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Bender, A., Beller, S., & Nersessian, N. J. (2015). Diversity as asset. Topics in Cognitive Science, 7, 677-688.

  • Bender, A., & Beller, S. (2014). Mapping spatial frames of reference onto time: A review of theoretical accounts and empirical findings. Cognition, 132, 342-382.

  • Bender, A., & Beller S. (2014). Mangarevan invention of binary steps for easier calculation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 111, 1322-1327.

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

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

  • 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

  • [selection, last 10 years]

  • Research Council of Norway (NFR), Centre of Excellence SFF Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) since 2017

  • 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

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, research group Cultural constitution of causal cognition 2010 – 2013

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Governing board: Cognitive Science Society (2011-2016)

  • Advisory board: Freiburg Institute for Palaeoscientific Studies, U Freiburg (2010–2013)

  • Editorial boards: several

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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