Cognition Beyond the Brain

Computation, Interactivity and Human Artifice

  • Stephen J. Cowley
  • Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stephen J. Cowley, Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau
    Pages 1-17
  3. David Kirsh
    Pages 61-84
  4. Jens Koed Madsen
    Pages 155-174
  5. Martin Neumann, Stephen J. Cowley
    Pages 175-192
  6. Anton Markoš, Jana Švorcová, Josef Lhotský
    Pages 193-214
  7. Jonathan Ben-Naim, Jean-François Bonnefon, Andreas Herzig, Sylvie Leblois, Emiliano Lorini
    Pages 233-250
  8. Paul Smart, Richard Heersmink, Robert W. Clowes
    Pages 251-282
  9. Kåre Stokholm Poulsgaard, Lambros Malafouris
    Pages 283-304
  10. Davide Secchi, Billy Adamsen
    Pages 305-331
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 333-342

About this book


This book challenges neurocentrism by advocating a systemic view of cognition based on investigating how action shapes the experience of thinking, placing interactivity at its heart. This systemic viewpoint makes three main claims. First, that many elaborate cognitive skills like language, problem solving and human-computer interaction (HCI) are based in sense-saturated coordination or interactivity. Second, interactivity produces a tightly woven scaffold of resources, some internal to the agent and others external, that elevates and transforms thinking. Third, human agents entwine brains, bodies and their surroundings as they manage multi-scalar dynamics.

This new edition continues to demonstrate how a systemic perspective casts a productive light on thinking in applied domains such as crime scene analysis, the use of information technology in construction, and computer-meditated trusts and presents new studies on the cognitive ecology of the web, multi-scalar temporal and organisational cognition and the importance of interactive material engagement in digital architecture. Authors use various scales of the systemic viewpoint to illustrate how bodies and artefacts shape thinking, but in all cases the experience of materiality is meshed with activity that involves the world beyond the body.

Cognition Beyond the Brain is a valuable reference for researchers, practitioners and graduate students within the fields of Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences.


Interactivity Distributed cognitive ecosystems Agency Languaging Insight

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen J. Cowley
    • 1
  • Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Language and CommunicationUniversity of Southern DenmarkSlagelseDenmark
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyKingston UniversityKingston upon ThamesUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49114-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49115-8
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