The collaborative emergence of group cognition

Georg Theiner, John Sutton

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)277-278
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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    Copyright 2014 Cambridge University Press. Article originally published in Behavioral and brain sciences, vol 37, iss 3, pp. 227-228. The original article can be found at


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