Distributed Cognition

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Distributed Cognition refers to a theory developed by the Psychologist Edwin Hutchins. Distributed Cognition is the idea that social groups have their own concept of cognition, separate from individual cognition- a group cognition. According to D.A Norman ("Representations in Distributed Cognitive Tasks", Cognitive Science, 18, 87-122, 1994), there are three key components:

  • Embodiment of information that is embedded in representations of interaction
  • Coordination of enaction among embodied agents
  • Ecological contributions to a cognitive ecosystem"