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

Bibliographical note

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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