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Cognition Beyond the Brain

Computation, Interactivity and Human Artifice

Editors: Cowley, Stephen J., Vallée-Tourangeau, Frédéric (Eds.)

  • Explores the situated and systemic nature of thinking, creativity and decision making
  • Presents interactivity as a key driver of cognition
  • Extends the computational basis of distributed cognition into molecular systems
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This book challenges neurocentrism by advocating a systemic view of cognition based on investigating how action shapes the experience of thinking, placing interactivity at its heart. This systemic viewpoint makes three main claims. First, that many elaborate cognitive skills like language, problem solving and human-computer interaction (HCI) are based in sense-saturated coordination or interactivity. Second, interactivity produces a tightly woven scaffold of resources, some internal to the agent and others external, that elevates and transforms thinking. Third, human agents entwine brains, bodies and their surroundings as they manage multi-scalar dynamics.
This new edition continues to demonstrate how a systemic perspective casts a productive light on thinking in applied domains such as crime scene analysis, the use of information technology in construction, and computer-meditated trusts and presents new studies on the cognitive ecology of the web, multi-scalar temporal and organisational cognition and the importance of interactive material engagement in digital architecture. Authors use various scales of the systemic viewpoint to illustrate how bodies and artefacts shape thinking, but in all cases the experience of materiality is meshed with activity that involves the world beyond the body.


Cognition Beyond the Brain
is a valuable reference for researchers, practitioners and graduate students within the fields of Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences.

About the authors

Stephen J.Cowley is Professor of Organisational Cognition at the University of Southern Denmark. He has developed ways of integrating the study of language, cognition and the sociocultural world and in 2012 he took up his current position in Denmark where he is concerned with how organisations rely on cognitive resources beyond the body. He founded the Distributed Language Group, a community who aims to naturalise language by focusing on how directed, dialogical activity imbues human intelligence with a collective dimension that also makes literacy possible.

Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau is Professor of Psychology and Director of Postgraduate Research at Kingston University, UK. He holds a BA from McGill University, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from McGill University. His most recent research explores the role of interactivity in the genesis of insight.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Thinking, Values and Meaning in Changing Cognitive Ecologies

    Cowley, Stephen J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Socially Distributed Cognition in Loosely Coupled Systems

    Perry, Mark

    Pages 19-41

  • Distributed Cognition at the Crime Scene

    Baber, Chris

    Pages 43-59

  • Thinking with External Representations

    Kirsh, David

    Pages 61-84

  • Human Interactivity: Problem-Finding, Problem-Solving, and Verbal Patterns in the Wild

    Steffensen, Sune Vork

    Pages 85-113

Buy this book

eBook £70.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49115-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £88.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49114-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cognition Beyond the Brain
Book Subtitle
Computation, Interactivity and Human Artifice
Editors
  • Stephen J. Cowley
  • Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49115-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49115-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49114-1
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
VIII, 342
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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