Article published in:Cognition Distributed: How cognitive technology extends our minds
Edited by Itiel E. Dror and Stevan Harnad
[Benjamins Current Topics 16] 2008
► pp. 57–69
Distributed cognition: A methodological note
Humans are closely coupled with their environments. They rely on being ‘embedded’ to help coordinate the use of their internal cognitive resources with external tools and resources. Consequently, everyday cognition, even cognition in the absence of others, may be viewed as partially distributed. As cognitive scientists our job is to discover and explain the principles governing this distribution: principles of coordination, externalization, and interaction. As designers our job is to use these principles, especially if they can be converted to metrics, in order to invent and evaluate candidate designs. After discussing a few principles of interaction and embedding I discuss the usefulness of a range of metrics derived from economics, computational complexity, and psychology.
Keywords: coordination, design theory, epistemic actions, ethnography, interaction
Published online: 17 December 2008
Cited by 2 other publications
Kaur, Gagan Deep
Keil, Paul G.
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