Cognitive offloading and the extended digital self

Kristy A. Hamilton, Mike Z. Yao

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Memory is more than remembering. Beyond cognitive processes that reside within the confines of internal memory storage exists several extramnemonic processes that produce behavior that we typically understand as within the realm of memory. The proliferation of immersive computing, pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, and ambient intelligence has brought attention to a myriad of new questions related to the dynamics of memory under the influence of technology, particularly for the shifting interplay between internal and external memory. Control of memory is particularly important in consideration of the current and future potential for offloading aspects of memory onto systems in contexts of novel technology use. If an individual can accurately monitor memory performance, she can make key decisions that will service her intellectual and behavior goals, such as how to recall information and when to terminate practice. In this presentation, I will discuss cognitive offloading in the context of various media experiences. I will also discuss how the ability to rely on external search may increase performance, but may also potentially distort how we understand our own memory and knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction. Theories, Methods, and Human Issues - 20th International Conference, HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsMasaaki Kurosu
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319912370
StatePublished - 2018
Event20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10901 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Cognitive offloading
  • Memory and cognition
  • Technology-mediated behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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