Distributed cognition

The moderating effect of autonomy on promotional health messages encouraging healthcare professionals to get the Influenza vaccine

Rates of flu vaccination among healthcare professionals often remain lower than recommended guidelines. We tested whether autonomy-supportive communication styles could improve the effectiveness of statements seeking to promote professionals’ flu …

Insight as discovery

Performance on the triangle of coins problem was observed when participants could physically change the configuration of the problem as they explored potential solutions. Participants were filmed as they worked on the problem. One group of …

Mapping systemic resources in problem solving

Interactive processes configure extended systems within which each human agent is embedded. Yet much research on higher cognition, such as problem solving, reflects an implicit but deep commitment to methodological individualism that casts the agent …

Insight

Creativity and insight emerge through a transactional process of transformation: physical features cue actions that change both the reasoner and the physical environment in which he or she is embedded. Insightful new possibles are realized through an …

Cognition beyond the classical information processing model: Cognitive interactivity and the Systemic Thinking Model (SysTM)

In this chapter , we propose a systemic model of thinking (SysTM) to account for higher cognitive operations such as how an agent makes inferences, solves problems and makes decisions. SysTM holds that information processing in thinking evolves …

Insight with hands and things

Two experiments examined whether different task ecologies influenced insight problem solving. The 17 animals problem was employed, a pure insight problem. Its initial formulation encourages the application of a direct arithmetic solution, but its …

Interactivity fosters Bayesian reasoning without instruction

Successful statistical reasoning emerges from a dynamic system including: a cognitive agent, material artifacts with their actions possibilities, and the thoughts and actions that are realized while reasoning takes place. Five experiments provide …