What is Distributed Cognition?

Distributed cognition proposes that human knowledge and cognition are not confined to the individual. Instead, they are distributed by placing memories, facts, or knowledge on the objects, individuals, and tools in our environment.

Distributed cognition puts emphasis on the individual and his environment. In essence, when observing a user in real work setting, we take into account how knowledge is distributed among other users, tools, documents, and information systems.

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