Just thought I’d post what I’m reading these days and see if anyone is into discussing it (now or later on).
The question of “Where is the locus of cognition?” has been with us for a while, with cognitive constructivists/scientists saying it’s in the mind of the individual and sociocultural constructivists saying it’s in society. There is no cohesive theory I have read yet that explains how we think and learn in more and less independent ways.
I’m very interested in this whole area of research and topics like distributed cognition, group cognition (is there such a thing? Is it different from more independent ways of thinking and learning?), cognitive science, the “extended mind”, etc. I’m also very interested in answering the question of “When is knowledge emergent?”
I’ve listed some papers I’ve read recently, and some I plan to read. It’s a very brief list (actually I have a stack of papers beside me, waiting to be read), I’d be happy to discuss any of them (or any papers on the above topics) with anyone who is interested. I found the first two below fantastic (Goldstone & Gureckis, 2009; Gureckis & Goldstone, 2006).
Here are some papers I have read recently:
Goldstone, R. L. & Gureckis, T. M. (2009). Collective behavior. Topics in Cognitive Science, 1, 412-438.
Gureckis, T.M., & Goldstone, R.L. (2006). Thinking in groups. Pragmatics and Cognition, 14, 293-311
Hutchins, E. (1991). The social organization of distributed cognition. In
L. B.Resnick , J. M. Levine & S.D. Teasley (Eds.), Perspectives on Socially Shared Cognition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
(Note: I plan to read several articles in Perspectives on Socially Shared Cognition, above, including “Situating learning in communities of practice” by Jean Lave, “A sociocultural approach to socially shared cognition” by James V. Wertsch, “Problems in direction in socially shared cognition” by William Damon, and possibly others.)
Theiner, G, Allen, C., & Goldstone, R. L. (2010). Recognizing group cognition. Cognitive Systems Research, 11, 378-395.
I’m going to read:
Hutchins (1995) - How a Cockpit Remembers Its Speeds. Cognitive Science 19, 265-288.
Distributed Cognitions: Psychological and Educational Considerations. Gavriel Salomon (Ed.), Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. (Review at http://www.nada.kth.se/~artman/Articles/Misc/SALOMONREVIEW.pdf)
Hutchins, E. (1995). Cognition in the wild. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.