Editorial: The role of reasoning in mathematical thinking

Kinga Morsanyi*, Jérôme Prado, Lindsey E. Richland

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Research into mathematics often focuses on basic numerical and spatial intuitions, and one key property of numbers: their magnitude. The fact that mathematics is a system of complex relationships that invokes reasoning usually receives less attention. The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the intricate connections between reasoning and mathematics, and to use insights from the reasoning literature to obtain a more complete understanding of the processes that underlie mathematical cognition. The topics that are discussed range from the basic heuristics and biases to the various ways in which complex, effortful reasoning contributes to mathematical cognition, while also considering the role of individual differences in mathematics performance. These investigations are not only important at a theoretical level, but they also have broad and important practical implications, including the possibility to improve classroom practices and educational outcomes, to facilitate people's decision-making, as well as the clear and accessible communication of numerical information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalThinking and Reasoning
Issue number2
Early online date19 Feb 2018
Publication statusEarly online date - 19 Feb 2018


  • Education
  • heuristics and biases
  • individual differences
  • mathematical cognition
  • reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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