Distributed cognition, dementia, and technology

Norman Alm

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The devastating effects of dementia result from cognitive degradation, in particular, working-memory (short-term memory) and planning processes. In supporting people with dementia, carers must take over these cognitive functions on behalf of the other person. This is an exhausting job. Technology may be able to offer assistance here. Its development will be encouraged by viewing cognition as a distributed process, and not just as something that happens inside one person's head. This paper argues for this approach, with examples from existing technical and non-technical systems of support for people with dementia which have been proven to work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive technology
EditorsCecilia Sik-Lányi, Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, Klaus Miesenberger, Peter Cudd
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781614995661
ISBN (Print)9781614995654
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th European Conference on the Advancement of Assistive Technology (AAATE 2015) - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 9 Sept 201512 Sept 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in health technology and informatics
PublisherIOS Press


Conference13th European Conference on the Advancement of Assistive Technology (AAATE 2015)


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