John Sutton, Philosophy
Department, Macquarie University,
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This page offers basic information on the project 'From
Autobiographical Memory to Collective Memory:
study of individual and group cognition', (ARC Discovery Project
Team leaders: Amanda
Barnier (MACCS) and John Sutton
Team members: Rochelle
Harris, Paul Keil, Marie Mete, Charlie
Stone, Misia Temler, Rob
Our vital colleagues & supporters include Sue Campbell, Wayne
Christensen, Andy Clark, Martin Conway, Greg Downey, Jacqueline
Goodnow, Christoph Hoerl, Doris
McIlwain, Michelle Moulds, and more.
Cognitive psychology centres on individuals remembering
on their own, but we often remember in collaboration with others.
Guided by the
theoretical framework of distributed cognition/ extended mind, this
explores relations between individual
and group cognition, focusing on memory
as a case study. We integrate distinct philosophical and psychological
offer a new, robust, naturalistic, interdisciplinary framework
for understanding both social influences on memory and true
We develop new methods and generate a large body of new experimental
the relationship between
individual memory, individual memory in small groups,
and small-group collective memory
We aim to integrate established empirical research on
interpersonal memory dynamics (in work on collaborative recall and
contagion) with theories of shared and social memory developed from two
key conceptual sources - the Extended Mind/ Distributed
framework in philosophy of cognitive science, and the idea of the
subject from social ontology in the philosophy
of the social sciences.
We investigate both what Rob Wilson
calls the social manifestation of
individual memory, and true collective
memory in small groups, as
expressed in 'we remember' statements. This project also aims to
ideas from Maurice
Halbwachs and Frederic Bartlett; to continue our
integrative work with the social-interactionist tradition in the
of autobiographical memory; and to address philosophical/
moral implications of our attention to relational remembering.
Sample papers (for
more see my papers
- Our initial
flagship paper on this project was (2008)
Amanda J. Barnier,
John Sutton, Celia B. Harris, & Robert A. Wilson,
Conceptual and Empirical Framework for the Social Distribution of
Cognition: the case of memory' [prepublication
in special social cognition issue
of Cognitive Systems Research
9 (1), 33-51.
- Editors Amanda Barnier
and John Sutton, special
issue of Memory 16 (3),
individual memory to collective memory: theoretical and empirical
perspectives', April 2008,
Now see also
- (in press) Celia
Paul G. Keil, John
Sutton, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Amanda J. Barnier, 'We
Remember, We Forget: collaborative remembering in older couples'.
Processes. Accepted April 2010.
Sutton, & Amanda J. Barnier, 'Autobiographical
Forgetting, Social Forgetting, and Situated Forgetting: forgetting in
Della Salla (ed), Forgetting,
Psychology Press, pp.253-284.
Accepted May 2009, forthcoming May 2010.
- (in press) John Sutton, Celia B.
Harris, and Amanda
J. Barnier, 'Memory
and Cognition', ch.14 in
& Bill Schwarz (ed.),
theories, histories, debates (Fordham University Press,
Accepted February 2008.
- (in press) Celia B. Harris,
Paul G. Keil, John Sutton, and Amanda J. Barnier (2010). Collaborative
remembering: when can remembering with others be beneficial?
proceedings of the 9th
conference of the Australasian Society
for Cognitive Science, pp.131-134.
- (2010) Charlie Stone, Amanda Barnier, John
William Hirst, 'Building
consensus about the past: schema-consistency
retrieval-induced forgetting', Memory 18 (2), 170-184.
- (2010) Celia Harris, Amanda
did you feel when the Crocodile Hunter died? Voicing
and silencing in conversation
influences memory for an
Memory 18 (2), 185-197.
- (2009) 'Remembering',
in Philip Robbins and Murat Aydede
Cambridge Handbook of Situated Cognition
University Press), 217-235.
- (2008) 'Between
Individual and Collective Memory: interaction, coordination,
distribution', in special collective memory issue
Research: an international quarterly of the social sciences Winter 2007-08, volume 75 number 1,
- (2008) Amanda J. Barnier & John Sutton, 'Editorial
issue of Memory 16 (3),
'From individual memory to
collective memory: theoretical and empirical perspectives', April 2008.
the Philosophy and Psychology of Memory: two case studies',
in Massimo Marraffa, Mario
& Francesco Ferretti (eds.), Cartographies
of the Mind: philosophy & psychology in intersection
(Springer), pp. 81-92.
See also: the page for the first Sydney
Collective Memory Meeting,
which was held at Coogee Surf Club
on 14 July, 2006
The pages for our two Memory Day meetings at Macquarie: Memory
Day 2007 and Memory
Day 2008 with Donna Addis
and Elaine Reese.
memory in the Proceedings
of ASCS09, the 9th conference of the Australasian
Society for Cognitive Science
- the new Sage journal Memory
Studies, launched in 2008, for which Amanda Barnier and John Sutton
- our outdated but (we hope) still useful lists of
references and resources on Social
and Collective Memory
Last updated 19 May 2010.