Domains and Dimensions of Group Cognition
Overview: Groups of people working together in a collaborative fashion can accomplish things that would completely baffle individual human beings. The nature, speed, scope, and interdependence of group collaboration have been dramatically expanded by web-based technologies which support the large-scale distribution of cognition across space, time, and people. This development has led many people to speak of groups as ‘distributed cognitive systems’ in their own right. But what exactly does that mean? Building on the psychological infrastructure of joint and collective intentionality (Tomasello, 2014), I distinguish between various forms of joint cognition, distributed cognition, and collective cognition, and illustrate the resulting taxonomy with research from various fields and cognitive domains.
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