How cognitive technology extends our minds
Our species has been a maker and user of tools for over two million years, but "cognitive technology" began with language. Cognition is thinking, and thinking has been "distributed" for at least the two hundred millennia that we have been using speech to interact and collaborate, allowing us to do collectively far more than any of us could have done individually. The invention of writing six millennia ago and print six centuries ago has distributed cognition still more widely and quickly, among people as well as their texts. But in recent decades something radically new has been happening: Advanced cognitive technologies, especially computers and the Worldwide Web, are beginning to redistribute cognition in unprecedented ways, not only among people and static texts, but among people and dynamical machines. This not only makes possible new forms of human collaboration, but new forms of cognition. This book examines the nature and prospects of distributed cognition, providing a conceptual framework for understanding it, and showcasing case studies of its development. This volume was originally published as a Special Issue of Pragmatics & Cognition (14:2, 2006).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 16] 2008. xiii, 258 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
About the authors | pp. ix–xiii
Offloading cognition onto cognitive technologyItiel E. Dror and Stevan Harnad | pp. 1–23
A framework for thinking about distributed cognitionPierre Poirier and Guillaume Chicoisne | pp. 25–43
Distributed cognition: Domains and dimensionsJohn Sutton | pp. 45–56
Distributed cognition: A methodological noteDavid Kirsh | pp. 57–69
Radical changes in cognitive process due to technology: A jaundiced viewArthur M. Glenberg | pp. 71–82
The grounding and sharing of symbolsAngelo Cangelosi | pp. 83–92
Collaborative tagging as distributed cognitionLuc Steels | pp. 93–97
Thinking in groupsTodd M. Gureckis and Robert L. Goldstone | pp. 99–116
Distributed learning and mutual adaptationDaniel L. Schwartz and Taylor Martin | pp. 117–135
Distributed cognition, representation, and affordanceJiajie Zhang and Vimla L. Patel | pp. 137–144
Categorization and technology innovationJeffrey M. Stibel | pp. 145–147
Crime scene investigation as distributed cognitionChris Baber, Paul Smith, James Cross, John E. Hunter and Richard McMaster | pp. 159–184
Web Search engines and distributed assessment systemsChristophe Heintz | pp. 185–206
Speech transformation solutionsDimitri Kanevsky, Sara Basson, Alexander Faisman, Leonid Rachevsky, Alex Zlatsin and Sarah Conrod | pp. 207–235
Computer-aided translation as a distributed cognitive taskBarbara Dragsted | pp. 237–256
Index | pp. 257–258
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BIC Subject: JMR – Cognition & cognitive psychology
BISAC Subject: PSY008000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition