Space (and Time) for Culture

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Space (and Time) for Culture

Andrea Bender (
Sieghard Beller (
Department of Psychology, Freiburg University, Germany

Giovanni Bennardo (
Dep. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, USA

Kirill V. Istomin (
MPI for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany

Niclas Burenhult (

Olivier Le Guen (

Lund University, Sweden,
& MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

CIESAS, México DF, Mexico

Thora Tenbrink (
SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition, Bremen University, Germany

Lisa Hüther (
Department of Psychology, Freiburg University, Germany
Space is a fundamental domain for cognition, and research on spatial perception, orientation, referencing, and reasoning addresses core questions in most of the disciplines that make up the cognitive sciences. Consequently, space represents one of those domains for which various disciplinary interests overlap to a substantial extent. For instance, the question of whether and how spatial cognition and language interact has been one of the core questions since early on (e.g., Clark,
1973; Miller & Johnson-Laird, 1976), and yet, consensus between psychologists and linguists is difficult to achieve (e.g.,
Li & Gleitman, 2002, vs. Levinson et al., 2002). Perhaps most controversial in this dispute is the extent to which spatial cognition is culturally variable (for linguistic variability, see also Evans & Levinson, 2009, and comments there-in).
Expanding the space of cognitive science research to ‘nonstandard’ cultures (Henrich et al., 2010; Medin et al., 2010) is thus crucial for the advancement of cognitive science. For this very reason, cross-disciplinary…...

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