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Melinda A. Jeglinski (Mende)

Photo: Tobias Jeglinski, Tamjeg Design

Melinda A. Jeglinski is a doctoral candidate in the Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group (PECoG). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from University of Constance and received her Master's degree  from 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, breath measurement, GSR/skin conductance and cortical stimulation with TMS, TdCS and TaCS.

In her doctoral project with the title  Grounding Negation – Investigations on Negative Numbers and Linguistic Negation 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. This person has no teaching duties.


E-Mail: mamendeuni-potsdamde | melinda.a.jeglinskigmailcom

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ORCID: 0000-0002-7462-4495

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Gianelli, C., Kühne, K., Miklashevsky, A., Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., Canessa, N., & Borghi, A. M. (2023). COVID-19 and the perceived dangerousness of everyday objects: A behavioural online study in Italy and Germany. Collabra: Psychology, 9(1).

Kühne, K., & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2023). Refraining from interaction can decrease fear of physical closeness during COVID-19. Scientific Reports13, 7700.

Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., Fischer, M. H., & Miklashevsky, A. (2023). Below Zero? Universal Distance Effect and Situated Space and Size Associations in Negative Numbers. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 9(1), 145–161.

Kühne, K., Fischer, M. H, & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2022). During the COVID‑19 pandemic participants prefer settings with a face mask, no interaction and at a closer distance. Scientific Reports, 12: 12777.

Kühne, K., Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., Fischer, M. H., & Zhou, Y. (2022). Social robot – Jack of all trades? Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 13, 1–22.

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

Fischer, M. H., Winter, B., Felisatti, A., Myachykov, A., Mende, M. A., & Shaki, S. (2021). More instructions make fewer subtractions. Frontiers in Psychology 12, 720616.

Mende, M. A. (2017). The combination of EEG hyperscanning and EEG neurofeedback in social interaction. Master Thesis, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin. URL:

Mende, M. A. (2017). Human Language – How are speech sounds perceived and what does the brain do? Brain Sundays – Your Weekly Neuroscience Fix ( URL:

Mende, M. A., & Schmidt, H. (2021). Psychotherapy in the Framework of Embodied Cognition – Does Interpersonal Synchrony Influence Therapy Success? Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 562490.

Miklashevsky, A., Kulkova, E., Michrev, A., Mende, M. A., & Bertonatti, M. (2021). Book Review: Judgment, Decision-Making, and Embodied Choices. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 665728.

Müller, V., Perdikis, D., Mende, M. A., and Lindenberger, U. (2021). Interacting brains coming in sync through their minds: An inter-brain neurofeedback study. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1500(1), 48–68.

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).

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).


Kühne, K., & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2023). Sprache und Embodiment. Wiesbaden: Springer-Verlag.

Book chapters

Fischer, M. H., Felisatti, A., Kulkova, E., Mende, M. A., & Miklashevsky, A. (2021). Embodied Numbers and Arithmetic. In: Robinson, M.D., & Thomas, L. E. (Hrsg.). Embodied Psychology: Thinking, Feeling, and Acting. Springer: New York. https://10.1007/978-3-030-78471-3

Kühne, K., Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., & Bendel, O. (2022). Tamagotchi on our Couch: Are Social Robots Perceived as Pets?. In: Hakli, R., Mäkelä, P, & Seibt, J. (Hrsg.). Social Robots in Social Institutions. Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022, 755–759. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

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. (Hrsg.), AI LOVE YOU – Developments on Human-Robot Intimate Relationships, 41–76. Springer: Berlin. ISBN: 978-3-030-19733-9

Mende, M. A., & Fischer, M. H. (2018). Symmetrie in den Kognitionswissenschaften. In: Petsche, H.-J. (Hrsg.), Grenzen im Fokus der Wissenschaften: Eine multidisziplinäre Vorlesungsreihe, 149–166, Trafo Verlagsgruppe Berlin. ISBN: 978-3864-64082-7

Poster presentations and talks

Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., & Kühne, K. (2023). Negation has a size! Number magnitude corresponds with set-size in linguistic negation, V12. Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen des 10. Mind, Brain, Body Symposiums (MBBS), Berlin, 14.–17. März 2023.

Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., Kühne, K., & Fischer, M. H. (2022). Shaping Negation - Spatial-Numerical Associations in Negative Numbers, B07. Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen des 9. Mind, Brain, Body Symposiums (MBBS), Leipzig, 16.–18. März 2022.

Kühne, K., & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2022). Face masks as social instruments? Effects on estimated interpersonal distance and implicit perception of danger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Konferenzpräsentation im Rahmen des22. Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP 2022), Lille, France, 29.August – 01. September 2022.

Kühne, K., Jeglinski-Mende, M. A., & Bendel, O. (2022). Tamagotchi on our Couch: Are Social Robots Perceived as Pets?. Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen der Robophilosophy Conference 2022, Helsinki, Finnland, 16.–19. August 2022.

Kühne, K., Fischer, M. H., & Jeglinski-Mende, M. A. (2022). Shaking hands in the face of danger? Interpersonal distance, peripersonal space, pro- and anti-social consequences of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, D08. Poster Präsentation im Rahmen des 9. Mind, Brain, Body Symposiums (MBBS), Leipzig, 16–18. März 2022.

Kühne, K., Mende, M. A., Fischer, M. H., & Zhou, Y. (2022). A friend in need: Loneliness and the duration of isolation enhance the acceptance of social robots, 58A (08). Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen des 40. European Workshop in Cognitive Neuropsychology (EWCN), Brixen, Italien, 25.–28. Januar 2022.

Mende, M. A., & Fischer, M. H. (2021). Coloring Negation – Selection of Alternatives is Situated in Context, B10. Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen des 8. Mind, Brain, Body Symposiums (MBBS), Leipzig, 15.–18. März 2021.

Mende, M. A., & Fischer, M. H. (2018). Shaping Number Cognition: Space and Size Associations for Negative Numbers, 144(12). Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen des 36. European Workshop in Cognitive Neuropsychology (EWCN), Brixen, Italien, 22.–26. Januar 2018.