The collaborative emergence of group cognition

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (3):277-278 (2014)
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John Sutton
Macquarie University
Georg Theiner
Villanova University
Abstract
We extend Smaldino's approach to collaboration and social organization in cultural evolution to include cognition. By showing how recent work on emergent group-level cognition can be incorporated within Smaldino's framework, we extend that framework's scope to encompass collaborative memory, decision making, and intelligent action. We argue that beneficial effects arise only in certain forms of cognitive interdependence, in surprisingly fragile conditions.
Keywords Memory  Smaldino  Group-level cognition
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X13003051
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