Scott, Google discussed on The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman


And related concept in the cognitive science literature is socially distributed cognition. Very mouthful. Yeah, better together as much, much more. Did you I mean, the years you took writing this book, did you delight in nerding out over the scientific papers? I mean, I can just imagine spending days of where you weren't necessarily going on Google scholar and looking at all the latest kind of stuff. Scott, you know me well. I think I imagine you have done the same thing too. I have a sneaking feeling. Yeah, I totally get out about the journals, and that's why this book tell me so many years because it does cover a lot of different disciplines, a lot of different strands of research and yeah, I totally geared about the research and what's exciting is that there's more of this research coming out every day, you know, embodied cognition on situated cognition on socially distributed cognition. I really feel like we're maybe at the turning point where I think the old brain bound conception of thinking is just not adequate anymore. And we're realizing that there's so much more to what goes on when we think. And so, to me, the research is pointing in really exciting new directions. Yeah, yeah, it really explains along those lines. What's some recent stuff that you're most excited about? What are you most excited about? How to choose? Oh gosh. What we haven't really talked so much about gesture, I find gesture really fascinating because I tend to be someone who talks with her hands a lot. And I love the idea, for example, that often our most advanced or most cutting edge or our newest ideas that we can't quite put words to yet show up in our hands first. You know, in some movement of our hands we managed to capture some element of what we're trying to express verbally. And then we can read off that self generated information. You know, we can read off our own hands that can inform our sort of emerging verbal explanation for what we're trying to get at. And so I love the idea of not only encouraging students and others to move their hands, but also creating occasions where gestures are more likely to happen. People are more likely to gesture when they're asked to give an impromptu explanation for something in front of an audience because to speak in an impromptu way like that is really cognitively taxing. So we tend to offload some of that burden onto our hands. We also gesture more when there's something to gesture at..

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