Tracking the Continuous Dynamics of Numerical Processing

Announcing a special issue to be edited by
Thomas J. Faulkenberry (Tarleton State University, USA)
Matthias Hartmann (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Matthias Witte (University of Graz, Austria)
The last 20 years have seen a great increase in the interest surrounding fundamental questions in numerical and mathematical cognition. Along with this increased interest, methods for approaching these questions have increased in complexity and diversity. The early chronometric techniques used to develop the early theories of basic numerical representation and mental arithmetic have matured and expanded to continuous, dynamic measures of cognitive processing, including eye tracking, hand tracking, and computer mouse tracking.  These methods have already advanced our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying mental number line activation, the sequence of decade and unit activation in two-digit numbers, and timing of activation of the different elements of arithmetic problems.  As such, continuous methods such as eye tracking and hand/mouse tracking will give us an unprecedented window into the mathematical mind. 
The aim of this special issue is to bring together a collection of work in numerical and mathematical cognition that exploits techniques such as eye tracking and hand/mouse tracking in order to foster a deeper understanding of the processes involved in numerical and mathematical representation.  
Scope of Special Issue
Primary contributions to the proposed special issue should report original work that uses continuous methods (including, but not limited to, eye tracking and hand/mouse tracking) to tackle issues of theoretical importance in numerical or mathematical cognition. This could include behavioral experiments, electrophysiological or imaging experiments, developmental studies, and computational modeling work. Additionally, tutorial papers, review papers, and opinion/commentary papers would be a welcome addition, particularly if they serve to advance our understanding of the dynamics of numerical and mathematical processing.
The following schedule is anticipated 
April 1, 2017 – submission deadline 
Early to mid 2018 – special issue published 
Authors can contact the Journal editor ( or Thomas Faulkenberry ( with any questions.