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Interactivity and cognition

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Interactivity and cognition

People’s decisions, choices, judgments, inferences or ideas are commonly conceived as resulting from mental operations applied on mental representations. It follows, naturally, that cognitive theories and studies put a disproportionate emphasis on what happens inside the head, at the expense of what can happen outside the head, at participants’ fingertips.

The research conducted within this programme has demonstrated that when the context affords hands-on manipulations, people are more likely to achieve higher levels of performance. The reasons for this interactivity effect remain unclear. Our current efforts focus on better understand developing our conceptual understanding of cognition as it emerges from the transactions between thought and action.

The research work so far examined the role interactivity can play in improving performance in various cognitive tasks including Bayesian reasoning, planning, problem-solving, and mental arithmetic. A key finding for this programme of research is the fact that cognitive performance leaps up when people are free to move about information-bearing objects with their hands while they think. We are exploring the methodological and theoretical implications of these findings. Current developments include a new theoretical framework, the Systemic Thinking Model (SysTM), and applications to entrepreneurial cognition and career decision-making.

Collaborators

  • Prof Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau
  • Prof Sune Vork Steffensen
  • Dr Niyat Henok
  • Dr Miroslav Sirota
  • Ms Helen Hallpike
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Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau
Professor of Behavioural Science

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PhD studentship in Behavioural Sciences

Publications

(2018). Incubation and Interactivity in Insight Problem Solving. In Psychological Research.

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(2017). Planning in Action: Interactivity Improves Planning Performance. In Proceedings of the 39th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

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(2017). Cognition beyond the classical information processing model: Cognitive interactivity and the Systemic Thinking Model (SysTM). In Cognition Beyond the Brain.

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(2016). Interactivity mitigates the impact of working memory depletion on mental arithmetic performance. In Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

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(2016). Insight with hands and things. In Acta Psychologica.

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(2016). Cognitive events in a problem-solving task: A qualitative method for investigating interactivity in the 17 animals problem. In Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

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(2015). Diagrams, jars, and matchsticks: A systemicist's toolkit. In Pragmatics & Cognition.

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(2015). Interactivity fosters bayesian reasoning without instruction. In Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

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(2015). Learning and interactivity in solving a transformation problem. In Memory & Cognition.

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(2014). The spatio-temporal dynamics of systemic thinking. In Cybernetics & Human Knowing.

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(2011). Interactive Insight Problem Solving. In Thinking & Reasoning.

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(2011). La résolution de problème naturalisée [Naturalised problem-solving]. In Enfance.

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