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By Frederick Adams and Kenneth Aizawa

Abstract

What are the boundaries of human cognition? Conventional wisdom in psychological science tells us that human cognition takes place within the confines of the human brain. Cognitive psychology does of course accept that the brain is embodied and that the human body is in turn embedded in a surrounding physical and social world. It also goes without saying that, in order to operate effectively, cognitive processing in the brain must be influenced by and initiate causal interactive chains that extend beyond the body into the external world. But does that mean that cognition itself extends beyond the brain and into the world? Over the last decade or so, a sizable literature has emerged (largely from philosophy but including a few psychologists and cognitive scientists) to argue that it does, defending what has come to be known as the extended cognition or extended mind hypothesis. Adams & Aizawa take a cool look at this literature to tease out the claims, evaluate the arguments and assess their significance

Year: 2011
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