Making cognitive niches explicit : on the importance of external cognitive representations in accounting for cumulative culture

2021
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dc.abstract.enCumulative transmission and innovation are the hallmark properties of the cultural achievements of human beings. Cognitive scientists have traditionally explained these properties in terms of social learning and creativity. The non-social cognitive dimension of cumulative culture, the so-called technical reasoning, has also been accounted for recently. These explanatory perspectives are methodologically individualistic since they frame cumulative and innovative culture in terms of the processing of inner cognitive representations. Here we show that going beyond methodological individualism could facilitate an understanding of why some inventions are disseminated in a stable form and constitute the basis for further modifications. Drawing on three cases of cognitive history of prominent achievements of Antiquity, i.e., Homerian epics, Euclidean geometry, and Roman law, we investigate which properties of cognitive artifacts shaped cognitive niches for modifying original cognitive tasks or developing new ones. These niches both constrained and enabled the cognitive skills of humans to promote cumulative culture and further innovations. At the same time, we claim that “wide cognition,” incorporating both intracranial resources and external cognitive representations, constitutes a platform for building explanations of cognitive phenomena developing over a historical time scale.pl
dc.affiliationPion Prorektora ds. współpracy międzynarodowej : Centrum Kopernika Badań Interdyscyplinarnychpl
dc.affiliationWydział Filozoficzny : Instytut Psychologiipl
dc.affiliationWydział Prawa i Administracji : Katedra Filozofii Prawa i Etyki Prawniczejpl
dc.contributor.authorHohol, Mateusz - 152583 pl
dc.contributor.authorWołoszyn-Hohol, Kinga - 187059 pl
dc.contributor.authorBrożek, Bartosz - 127433 pl
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-23T08:08:53Z
dc.date.available2022-02-23T08:08:53Z
dc.date.issued2021pl
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dc.description.volume15pl
dc.identifier.articleid734930pl
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fnint.2021.734930pl
dc.identifier.eissn1662-5145pl
dc.identifier.urihttps://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/288464
dc.languageengpl
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dc.pbn.affiliationDziedzina nauk społecznych : psychologiapl
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dc.share.typeotwarte czasopismo
dc.subject.encognitive artifactspl
dc.subject.encognitive historypl
dc.subject.encumulative culturepl
dc.subject.enrepresentationpl
dc.subject.enwide cognitionpl
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dc.titleMaking cognitive niches explicit : on the importance of external cognitive representations in accounting for cumulative culturepl
dc.title.journalFrontiers in Integrative Neurosciencepl
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dc.abstract.enpl
Cumulative transmission and innovation are the hallmark properties of the cultural achievements of human beings. Cognitive scientists have traditionally explained these properties in terms of social learning and creativity. The non-social cognitive dimension of cumulative culture, the so-called technical reasoning, has also been accounted for recently. These explanatory perspectives are methodologically individualistic since they frame cumulative and innovative culture in terms of the processing of inner cognitive representations. Here we show that going beyond methodological individualism could facilitate an understanding of why some inventions are disseminated in a stable form and constitute the basis for further modifications. Drawing on three cases of cognitive history of prominent achievements of Antiquity, i.e., Homerian epics, Euclidean geometry, and Roman law, we investigate which properties of cognitive artifacts shaped cognitive niches for modifying original cognitive tasks or developing new ones. These niches both constrained and enabled the cognitive skills of humans to promote cumulative culture and further innovations. At the same time, we claim that “wide cognition,” incorporating both intracranial resources and external cognitive representations, constitutes a platform for building explanations of cognitive phenomena developing over a historical time scale.
dc.affiliationpl
Pion Prorektora ds. współpracy międzynarodowej : Centrum Kopernika Badań Interdyscyplinarnych
dc.affiliationpl
Wydział Filozoficzny : Instytut Psychologii
dc.affiliationpl
Wydział Prawa i Administracji : Katedra Filozofii Prawa i Etyki Prawniczej
dc.contributor.authorpl
Hohol, Mateusz - 152583
dc.contributor.authorpl
Wołoszyn-Hohol, Kinga - 187059
dc.contributor.authorpl
Brożek, Bartosz - 127433
dc.date.accessioned
2022-02-23T08:08:53Z
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2022-02-23T08:08:53Z
dc.date.issuedpl
2021
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734930
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10.3389/fnint.2021.734930
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1662-5145
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https://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/288464
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eng
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eng
dc.pbn.affiliationpl
Dziedzina nauk społecznych : psychologia
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Udzielam licencji. Uznanie autorstwa 3.0 Polska
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CC-BY
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/pl/legalcode
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otwarte czasopismo
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cognitive artifacts
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cognitive history
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cumulative culture
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representation
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wide cognition
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Article
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Making cognitive niches explicit : on the importance of external cognitive representations in accounting for cumulative culture
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Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
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