Melinda A. Mende

Melinda A. Mende
Photo: Tobias Jeglinski

Melinda A. Mende is a doctoral candidate in the Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group (PECoG). She holds a Bachelors degree inLinguistics from the University of Constance and received her Masters degreefrom the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University, Berlin.

Her research interests contain a wide spectrum within the cognitive sciences and neuroscience. In particular, she is interested in numerical cognition with a focus on cognition of negative integers and in social neuroscience. She is experienced in the scientific methods EEG, ECG, GSR/skin conductance and cortical stimulation with TMS, TdCS and TaCS.


In her doctoral project with the title Grounding Negation - Studies on Linguistic Negation and Arithmetic Substraction she investigates the underlying mechanisms of numerical cognition. Her work aims to inform the general understanding of number processing as well as the processing of abstract concepts - such as negativity - from the perspective of embodiment.


E-Mail: mamendeuni-potsdamde

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Fischer, M.H., Felisatti, A., Kulkova, E., Mende, M., & Miklashevsky, A. (2020). Embodied Numbers and Arithmetic. In: Robinson, M.D., & Thomas, L. E. (eds.). Embodied Psychology: Thinking, Feeling, and Acting. Springer: New York, in press.

Kühne, K., & Mende, M. A. (2020). Noli me tangere. Unser peripersonaler Raum in den Corona-Zeiten. The Inquisitive Mind, 4, URL:

Mende, M. A., & Matheja, A. (2020). Psychotherapy in the Framework of Embodied Cognition -Does Interpersonal Synchrony Influence on Therapy Success? Frontiers in Psychotherapy, in press.

Mende, M.A., Miklashevsky, A., & Fischer, M.H. (2020). Shaping Number Cognition: Space and Size Associations for Negative Numbers, in preparation.


Mende, M. A. (2019). Alcohol in the Aging Brain–The Interplay between Alcohol Consumption, Cognitive Decline and the Cardiovascular System. Frontiers in Neuroscience 13, 713. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00713

Mende, M.A., Fischer, M.H., & Kühne, K. (2019). The Use of Social Robots and the Uncanny Valley Phenomenon. In: Fischer, M.H., & Zhou, Y. (eds.), AI LOVE YOU - Developments on Human-Robot Intimate Relationships, Springer: Berlin. ISBN 978-3-030-19733-9


Mende, M. A., & Fischer, M. H. (2018). Shaping Number Cognition: Space and Size Associations for Negative Numbers. Poster session presented at the 36. European Workshop in Cognitive Neuropsychology (EWCN), Bressanone, Italy.

Mende, M. A., & Fischer, M. H. (2018). Symmetrie in den Kognitionswissenschaften. In Petsche, H.-J. (ed.), Grenzen im Fokus der Wissenschaften: Eine multidisziplinäre Vorlesungsreihe, 197-212, Trafo Verlagsgruppe Berlin. ISBN: 978-3864-64082-7

Mende, M. A., Shaki, S., & Fischer, M. H. (2018). Commentary: The mental representation of integers: An abstract-to-concrete shift in the understanding of mathematical concepts. Frontiers in psychology 9, 209. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00209

Melinda A. Mende
Photo: Tobias Jeglinski