Category Archives: Distributed cognition

A Framework for Thinking about Distributed Cognition

As is often the case when scientific or engineering fields emerge, new concepts are forged or old ones are adapted. When this happens, various arguments rage over what ultimately turns out to be conceptual misunderstandings. At that critical time, there … Continue reading

Posted in Cognition, Distributed cognition, Distribution | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Modelling the Emergence and Evolution of Distributed Cognition

The project aims to develop an integrated theory of the emergence of distributed cognition. Distributed cognition is seen as the confluence of collective intelligence, and “situatedness” or the extension of cognitive processes into the physical environment. It concerns the information … Continue reading

Posted in Collective intelligence, Coordinated system, Distributed cognition, Distributed cognitive system, Distributed processes, Emergence, Evolution | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knowing in Practice: Enacting a Collective Capability in Distributed Organizing

In this paper, I outline a perspective on knowing in practice which highlights the essential role of human action in knowing how to get things done in complex organizational work. The perspective suggests that knowing is not a static embedded … Continue reading

Posted in Distributed cognition, Knowing, Organizing, Practice | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Knowing in Practice: Enacting a Collective Capability in Distributed Organizing

A Conceptual and Empirical framework for the Social Distribution of Cognition

In this paper, we aim to show that the framework of embedded, distributed, or extended cognition offers new perspectives on social cognition by applying it to one specific domain: the psychology of memory. In making our case, first we specify … Continue reading

Posted in Distributed cognition, Memory, Social cognition | Tagged , , | Comments Off on A Conceptual and Empirical framework for the Social Distribution of Cognition

MacroCognition: A Theory of Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality

We live in an age of scientific collaboration, popular uprisings, failing political parties, and increasing corporate power. Many of these kinds of collective action derive from the decisions of intelligent and powerful leaders, and many others emerge as a result … Continue reading

Posted in Collective intentionality, Distributed cognition, Distributed minds, Macrocognition | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on MacroCognition: A Theory of Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality

Swarm Cognition: an Interdisciplinary approach to the study of Self-organising Biological Collectives

Basic elements of cognition have been identified in the behavior displayed by animal collectives, ranging from honeybee swarms to human societies. For example, an insect swarm is often considered a “super-organism” that appears to exhibit cognitive behavior as a result … Continue reading

Posted in Distributed cognition, Self-organization, Swarm, Swarm cognition, Swarm intelligence | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Swarm Cognition: an Interdisciplinary approach to the study of Self-organising Biological Collectives

Distributed Cognitions: Psychological and Educational Considerations

Traditionally, human cognition has been seen and studied as existing solely “inside” a person, irrelevant to the social, physical, and artifactual context in which cognition takes place. This book reexamines the nature of cognition and proposes that a clearer understanding … Continue reading

Posted in Distributed cognition | Tagged | Comments Off on Distributed Cognitions: Psychological and Educational Considerations

A cultural-historical approach to distributed cognition

Our own rediscovery of the distribute nature of mind has grown from our acquaintance with the cultural-historical school of psychology. Consequently, we have decided to explore approaches to distributed cognition by tracing this line of thinking back to the origins … Continue reading

Posted in Activity theory, Cultural historical, Distributed cognition | Tagged , , | Comments Off on A cultural-historical approach to distributed cognition

Distributed Cognition – Toward a New Foundation for Human-Computer Interaction Research

We are quickly passing through the historical moment when people work in front of a single computer, dominated by a small CRT and focused on tasks involving only local information. Networked computers are becoming ubiquitous and are playing increasingly significant … Continue reading

Posted in Distributed cognition, ICT technologies, Networked learning, Networks | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cognition in the Wild

Edwin Hutchins combines his background as an anthropologist and an open ocean racing sailor and navigator in this account of how anthropological methods can be combined with cognitive theory to produce a new reading of cognitive science. His theoretical insights … Continue reading

Posted in Cognition, Distributed cognition, Distributed intelligence | Tagged , , | Leave a comment