Bringing History to Mind

Our eight recorded seminars have clearly got people thinking about how ideas from the contemporary distributed cognition framework relate to various historical precursors, analogues and expressions of those ideas. Here are just three of the connections that have been made in the online discussions. Firstly, it has been proposed that ancient experiences of theatre and oratory may be illuminated using the concept of the socially extended individual mind.

Welcome to HDC

The History of Distributed Cognition Project marks an intervention in both modern and historical notions of cognition. Recent research in philosophy of mind and cognitive science calls for a reappraisal of historical concepts of cognition due to the increasing evidence that cognition is distributed across brain, body and world.


Memory as a Test Case for Distributed Cognition

Prof John Sutton
Macquarie University


Dr Peter Garratt

Dr Peter Garratt Photo
Lecturer in the Department of English Studies
Durham University

Peter Garratt is a lecturer in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, with research interests in Victorian literature and culture; literature, science and medicine; and the cognitive turn in the humanities. His book Victorian Empiricism was published in 2010.

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