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Intelligence and Technology
The Impact of Tools on the Nature and Development of Human Abilities

ISBN 9780415648639
Published July 27, 2012 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

In this volume, Robert J. Sternberg and David D. Preiss bring together different perspectives on understanding the impact of various technologies on human abilities, competencies, and expertise. The inclusive range of historical, comparative, sociocultural, cognitive, educational, industrial/organizational, and human factors approaches will stimulate international multi-disciplinary discussion. Major questions that are addressed include:
*What is the impact of different technologies on human abilities?
*How does technology enhance or limit human intellectual functioning?
*What is the cognitive impact of complex technologies?
*What is the cognitive impact of the transfer of technologies?
*How can we design technologies that foster intellectual growth?
*How does technology mediate the impact of cultural variables on human intellectual functioning?

Part I addresses the history of cognitive technologies and how they have evolved with culture, but at the same time helped culture evolve. Part II focuses on how educational technologies affect the ways in which students and others think. The topic of Part III is technology in the world of work. Part IV deals with the interface between intelligence and technology.

The diversity and richness of technology relates to different forms of abilities, competencies, and expertise. In consequence, many psychologists, educators, and others are interested in exploring the ways in which technology and human abilities interact, but lack a handy source of information to satisfy their interest. This book provides researchers and students in these areas with relevant perspectives and information.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword. Preface. Part I: Cognitive Technologies in Historical and Cultural Evolution. R.S. Nickerson, Technology and Cognition Amplification. A.E. Maynard, K. Subrahmanyam, P.M. Greenfield, Technology and the Development of Intelligence: From the Loom to the Computer. D.R. Olson, Technology and Intelligence in a Literate Society. Part II: Cognitive Consequences of Educational Technologies. G. Salomon, D. Perkins, Do Technologies Make Us Smarter? Intellectual Amplification With, Of, and Through Technology. S.P. Lajoie, Cognitive Tools for the Mind: The Promises of Technology--Cognitive Amplifiers or Bionic Prosthetics? Part III: Technological Partnerships at Work. A. Kirlik, Work in Progress: Reinventing Intelligence for an Invented World. J-M. Hoc, Cooperation Between Human Cognition and Technology in Dynamic Situations. C. D¡az-Canepa, Transferring Technologies to Developing Countries: A Cognitive and Cultural Approach. Part IV: Intelligent Technologies and Technological Intelligences. D.D. Preiss, R.J. Sternberg, Technologies for Working Intelligence. M. Cole, J. Derry, We Have Met Technology and It Is Us.

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"This book will provide some interesting intellectual challenges for those who seek to explore how different technologies assist in describing the world, and the multiple approaches to researching questions will provide some interesting ideas that will support new stepping off points for people who seek to research the important roles that different technologies afford for our own thinking and representation about the world in which we live."—British Journal of Educational Technology

"This challenging collection of essays deals with the impact of evolving information technologies on human mental life and, indeed, on the nature and organization of human culture as a store of information-processing techniques. What topic could be more relevant to our swiftly changing contemporary world?"—Jerome Bruner, From the Foreword