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.


Group Minds

Prof Deborah Tollefsen
University of Memphis


Kerry Watson

Kerry Watson Photo
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Kerry Watson is Librarian at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and has a particular interest in modern and contemporary artists’ books and printmaking.

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