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Book chapter 

Göbel, S.M. (2018). How Culturally Predominant Reading Direction and Number Word Construction Influence Numerical Cognition and Mathematics Performance. In Daniel B. Berch, David C. Geary and Kathleen Mann Koepke (Eds). Language and Culture in Mathematical Cognition, Vol 4, MCL, Burlington, UK: Academic Press. pp. 229-256


Gilmore, C., Göbel, S.M., & Inglis, M. (2018). An Introduction to Mathematical Cognition. International Texts in Developmental Psychology. Hove: Routledge

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Bahnmueller, J., Maier, C.A., Göbel, S.M., & Moeller, K. (in press). Direct evidence for linguistic influences in two-digit number processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.

Heubner, L., Cipora, K., Soltanlou, M., Schlenker, M.-L., Lipowska, K., Göbel, S.M., Domahs, F., Haman, M., & Nuerk, H.-C. (2018). The mental odd-even continuum account: some numbers may be “more odd” than others, and some may be “more even” than others. Frontiers in Psychology 9:1081. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01081

Göbel, S.M. (2018). How Culturally Predominant Reading Direction and Number Word Construction Influence Numerical Cognition and Mathematics Performance. In Berch, D., Geary, D., & Mann Koepke, K. (Eds). Language and Culture in Mathematical Cognition. London: Academic Press.

Göbel, S.M., McCrink, K., Fischer, M.H., & Shaki, S. (2018). Observation of directional storybook reading influences young children’s counting direction. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 166, 49-66.



Knops, A., Nuerk, H.-C., & Göbel, S. M. (2017). Domain-general factors influencing numerical and arithmetic processing. Journal of Numerical Cognition 3(2), 112-132. doi:10.5964/jnc.v3i2.159

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Lortie-Forgues, H., & Siegler, R. S. (2017). Conceptual knowledge of decimal arithmetic. Journal of Educational Psychology. 109(3), 374-386.

Siegler, R. S., & Lortie-Forgues, H. (2017). Hard lessons: Why rational number arithmetic is so difficult for so many people. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 26(4), 346-351.

Book chapter

Lortie-Forgues, H. (2017). Studying the understanding of arithmetic with rational numbers. In Lemaire, P. (Eds.), Cognitive Development from a Strategy Perspective: A Festschrift for Robert Siegler. Oxon, UK: Taylor & Francis.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Bahnmueller, J., Huber, S., Nuerk, H.-C., Göbel, S.M., & Moeller, K. (2016). Processing multi-digit numbers – A translingual eye tracking study. Psychological Research 80 (3), 422-433.

Moll, K., Göbel, S.M., Gooch, D., Landerl, K. & Snowling, M. J. (2016). Cognitive Risk Factors for Specific Learning Disorder: processing speed, temporal processing and working memory. Journal of Learning Disabilities 49(3), 272-81. doi: 10.1177/0022219414547221

Alcock, L., Ansari, D., Batchelor, S., Bisson, M.-J., De Smedt, B., Gilmore, C., Göbel, S.M., Hannula-Sormunen, M., Hodgen, J., Inglis, M., Jones, I., Mazzocco, M., McNeil, N., Schneider, M., Simms, V., & Weber, K. (2016). Challenges in Mathematical Cognition: A Collaboratively-Derived Research Agenda. Journal of Numerical Cognition 2(1), 20-41.


Book chapters

Göbel, S.M. (2015). Reading difficulties and mathematics. In Dowker, A. & Cohen Kadosh, R. (Eds)..Oxford Handbook of Numerical Cognition, 680-704. Oxford: OUP. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780 199642342.013.044

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Göbel, S.M, Maier, C. & Shaki, S. (2015). Which numbers do you have in mind? Number generation is influenced by reading direction. Cognitive Processing 16(1), 241-44. doi: 10.1007/s10339-015-0715-8

Moll, K., Snowling, M. J., Göbel, S.M., & Hulme, C. (2015). Early language and executive skills predict variations in number and arithmetic skills in children at family-risk of dyslexia and typically developing controls. Learning and Instruction 38, 53-62. Doi: 10.1080/09297049.2014.899570

Ferreira, R.A., Göbel, S.M., Hymers, M., & Ellis, A.W. (2015). The neural correlates of semantic richness: Evidence from an fMRI study of word learning. Brain & Language 143, 69-80. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2015.02.005

Moeller, K., Shaki, S., Göbel, S. M. & Nuerk, H.-C. (2015). Forty-seven and seven forty: Language Influences Number Processing – a Quadrilingual Study. Cognition 136, 150-155. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2014.11.003

Göbel, S.M. (2015). Up or down? Reading direction influences vertical counting direction in the horizontal plane- a cross-cultural comparison. Front. Psychol. 6:228. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00228

Nuerk, H.-C., Patro, K., Cress, U., Schild, U., Friedrich, C.K., & Göbel, S.M. (2015). How space-number associations may be created in preliterate children: six distinct mechanisms. Front. Psychol. 6:215. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00215

Fischer, M.H., Sixtus, E., & Göbel, S.M. (2015). Commentary: A pointer about grasping numbers. Front. Psychol. 6:227. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00227

Moll, K., Göbel, S.M., & Snowling, M. J. (2015). Basic number processing in Children with Specific Learning Disorders: Co-morbidity of Reading and Mathematics Disorders. Child Neuropsychology 21(3), 399-417. doi:10.1080/09297049.2014.899570

Lortie-Forgues, H., Tian, J., & Siegler, R. S. (2015). Why is learning fraction and decimal arithmetic so difficult? Developmental Review, 38, 201-221

Siegler, R. S., & Lortie-Forgues, H. (2015). Conceptual knowledge of fraction arithmetic. Journal of Educational Psychology, 107, 909-918.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Göbel, S.M., Moeller, K., Kaufmann, L., Pixner, S., & Nuerk, H.-C. (2014). Language affects symbolic arithmetic in children: The case of number word inversion. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 119, 17-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2013.10.001

Göbel, S.M.,Watson, S.E., Lervåg, A., & Hulme, C. (2014). Children’s arithmetic development: it is number knowledge, not the approximate number sense, that counts. Psychological Science, 25(3), 789-798. doi:10.1177/0956797613516471

Defever, E., Göbel, S.M., Ghesquière, P., & Reynvoet, B. (2014). Automatic number priming effects in adults with and without mathematical learning disabilities. Frontiers in Psychology 5:4. doi: 10.3389/fpyg.2014.00004

Siegler, R. S., & Lortie-Forgues, H. (2014). An integrative theory of numerical development. Child Development Perspectives, 8, 144-150.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Sasanguie, D., Göbel, S.M., & Reynvoet, B. (2013). Left parietal TMS disturbs priming between symbolic and non-symbolic number representations. Neuropsychologia, 51(8), 1528-1533. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.05.001

Landerl, K., Göbel, S.M., & Moll, K. (2013). Core deficit and individual manifestations of developmental dyscalculia (DD): the role of comorbidity. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 2(2), 38-42. doi: 10.1016/j.tine.2013.06.002

Sasanguie, D., Göbel, S.M., Moll, K., Smets, K., & Reynvoet, B. (2013). Approximate number system, symbolic number processing or number-space mappings: what underlies mathematics achievement? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114(3), 418-431. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2012.10.012

Kaufmann, L., Mazzocco, M., Dowker, A., von Aster, M., Göbel, S.M., Grabner, R.H., Henik, A., Jordan, N.C., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Kucian, K., Noel, M.-P., Rubinsten, O., Szucs, D., Shalev, R., & Nuerk, H.-C. (2013). Dyscalculia from a developmental and differential perspective. Frontiers in Psychology 4:516. doi: 10.3389/fpyg.2013.00516.

2012 - earlier

Shaki, S., Fischer, M. H. & Göbel, S.M. (2012). Direction counts: A comparative study of spatially directional counting biases in cultures with different reading directions. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112, 275-281. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2011.12.005

Castronovo, J., & Göbel, S.M. (2012).  Impact of high mathematics education on the number sense. PLoS ONE 7(4): e33832. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033832.


Göbel, S.M., Shaki, S. & Fischer, M. H. (2011). Cultural Effects on the mental number line. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 42(4), 541-42.

Göbel, S.M., Shaki, S. & Fischer, M. H. (2011). The Cultural Number Line: A Review of Cultural and Linguistic Influences on the Development of Number Processing. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 42(4), 543-565.

Kaufmann, L., Pixner, S., & Göbel, S.M. (2011). Finger usage and arithmetic in adults with math difficulties: evidence from a case report. Front. Psychology 2:254. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00254.

2010 and earlier

Book chapters

Snowling, M.J., & Göbel, S.M. (2010). Reading Development and Dyslexia. In Goswami, U.C. (Ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, 524-548 (Second Edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Göbel, S.M. & Snowling, M. J. (2010). Number Processing Skills in Adults with Dyslexia. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 63(7), 1361-1373.

Brozzoli, C., Ishihara, M., Göbel, S.M., Salemme, R., Rossetti, Y. & Farnè, A. (2008). Touch perception reveals the dominance of spatial over digital representation of numbers. PNAS 105 (14), 5644-5648.

O’Shea, J., Johansen-Berg, H., Trief, D., Göbel, S.M., & Rushworth, M.F.S. (2007). Functionally-Specific Reorganisation in Human Premotor Cortex. Neuron 54, 479-490.

Göbel, S.M. (2007). Neuronale Korrelate kognitiver Zahlenrepräsentationen während Vergleichs - und einfacher Additionsaufgaben. Beiträge zum Mathematikunterricht, 350-353, Hildesheim: Franzbecker.

Göbel, S.M., Rushworth, M.F.S. & Walsh, V. (2006). Inferior parietal rTMS affects performance in an addition task. Cortex 42(5), 774-781.

Göbel, S.M., Calabria, M., Farné, A. & Rossetti, Y. (2006). Parietal rTMS distorts the mental number line: Simulating ‘spatial‘ neglect in healthy subjects. Neuropsychologia 44, 860-868.

Lavidor, M., Brinksman, V. & Göbel, S.M. (2004). Hemispheric asymmetry and the mental number line: comparison of double-digit numbers. Neuropsychologia 42(14), 1927-33.

Göbel, S.M., Johansen-Berg, H., Behrens, T.E. & Rushworth, M.F.S. (2004). Response-selection related parietal activation during number comparison. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 16, 1536-1551.

Göbel, S.M. & Rushworth, M.F.S. (2004). Cognitive neuroscience: acting on numbers. Current Biology 14(13), 517-9.

Rushworth, M.F.S., Johansen-Berg, H., Göbel, S.M. & Devlin, J.T. (2003). The left parietal and premotor cortices: motor attention and selection. NeuroImage 20, 89-100.

Göbel, S.M., Walsh, V. & Rushworth, M.F.S. (2001). The mental number line and the human angular gyrus. NeuroImage 14(6), 1278-1289