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    (apologies for multiple postings) Distributed cognition and memory research: How do distributed memory systems work? Special issue of the Review of
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      Distributed cognition and memory research: How do distributed memory
      systems work?

      Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology

      Guest editors: Kourken Michaelian and John Sutton

      Call for Papers

      Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2012

      According to the extended mind hypothesis in philosophy of cognitive
      science and the related distributed cognition hypothesis in cognitive
      anthropology, remembering does not always occur entirely inside the
      brain, but can also be distributed across heterogeneous systems
      combining neural, bodily, social, and technological resources. Much of
      the critical debate on these ideas in philosophy has so far remained
      at some distance from relevant empirical studies. But claims about
      extended mind and distributed cognition, if they are to deserve wider
      acceptance, must both make sense of and, in turn, inform work in the
      cognitive and social sciences. Is the notion of extended or
      distributed remembering consistent with the findings of empirical
      memory research? Can such a view of memory usefully inform empirical
      work, suggesting further areas of productive enquiry or helping to
      make sense of existing findings?

      This special issue will bring together supporters and critics of
      extended and distributed cognition, to consider memory as a test case
      for evaluating and further developing these hypotheses. Submitted
      papers should thus address both memory and distributed cognition/
      extended mind: ideally, papers should aim simultaneously to make
      contributions to relevant debates in both philosophy and psychology or
      other relevant empirical fields. While primarily theoretical papers
      are welcome, they should make direct contact with empirical findings.
      Similarly, while empirically-oriented papers might draw on evidence
      from a range of areas, including the cognitive psychology of
      transactive memory and collaborative recall, cognitive anthropology
      and cognitive ethnography, science studies and the philosophy of
      science, the history of memory practices, and the cognitive
      archaeology of material culture, they should seek to advance the
      theoretical debate over extended mind and distributed cognition,
      rather than simply presenting findings from these fields.

      Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

      Relations between biological memory and external memory

      How do forms of representation and storage in neural and external
      memory differ, and why do such differences matter? Can theories of
      distributed cognition deal with the existence of multiple memory
      systems? For example, does the expert deployment of exograms in
      certain external symbol systems affect working memory? How might the
      development and operation of distributed memory systems affect neural
      memory processes? Is evidence for neuroplasticity relevant for
      assessing claims about distributed remembering? Given plausible links
      between memory and self, what might distributed memory systems imply
      about identity and agency? What happens when distributed memory
      systems fail or break down?

      How do distributed memory systems work?

      What is socially distributed remembering, and does it offer any
      support to revived ideas about group cognition, or to a naturalized
      understanding of collective memory? Can theories of extended or
      distributed cognition encompass socially distributed remembering in
      addition to artifacts and other forms of memory scaffolding? What are
      the implications of experimental studies of collaborative recall and
      transactive memory for theories of distributed cognition? How do such
      theories deal with memory practices and rituals, and with the roles of
      the non-symbolic material environment?

      Distributed memory and embodied cognition

      How central in theories of extended or distributed memory should be
      the study of skill acquisition and of expertise in the deployment of
      external resources? What accounts of embodied skills, procedural
      memory, and smooth or absorbed coping are required to support such
      theories? How do distributed memory systems work in specific contexts
      of embodied interaction, from conversation to music, dance,
      performance, and sport?

      Guest authors

      The issue will include invited articles authored by:

      Robert Rupert, University of Colorado (Boulder)
      Deborah Tollefsen, University of Memphis, and Rick Dale, University of
      California (Merced)
      Mike Wheeler, University of Stirling

      Important dates

      Submission deadline: July 15, 2012

      Target publication date: December 15, 2012

      How to submit

      Prospective authors should register at: www.editorialmanager.com/ropp
      to obtain a login and select Distributed cognition and memory research
      as an article type. Manuscripts should be approximately 6,000 words.
      Submissions should follow the author guidelines available on the
      journal's website.

      About the journal

      The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN:
      1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Springer
      and focusing on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive
      science. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for discussion
      on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to
      foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and
      the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social
      sciences. The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in
      empirical research as well as empirical articles on issues of
      philosophical relevance. It includes thematic issues featuring invited
      contributions from leading authors together with articles answering a
      call for paper.

      For any queries, please email the guest editors:
      kmichaelian@..., john.sutton@...

      Kourken Michaelian
      asst. prof., philosophy
      Bilkent University
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