1 August 2017

The interactive shaping of social learning in transmission chains

Bietti, L.M., Bangerter, A., & Mayor, E. (2017). The interactive shaping of social learning in transmissionchains. In  G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink & E.Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1641-1646)  Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.  
This study investigated the social transmission of memories and skills collected from a collaborative cooking task (ravioli-making) and across transmission chains. The transmission over three generations of pairs of participants occurred under two conditions. In the interactive condition, transmissions over generations occurred in face-to-face conversations, whereas in the non-interactive condition, generations video-recorded their instructions to the next generations. We analyzed the effects of verbal and embodied features of informational transfer on task performance. Our results show that performances improved over generations regardless of interactivity. In the discussion we suggest that tools (like cooking utensils) may have operated as cultural affordances encapsulating and transmitting important cultural knowledge for the successful completion of the task.

25 February 2017

Ethnomethodogical studies of nurse-patient and nurse relative interactions. A scoping review

Researchers in nursing science interested in the study of nurse-patient and nurse-relative interactions have displayed an ever increasing interest in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. This review assesses the scope of this literature. We categorize the papers in thematic categories determined both inductively and deductively and synthesize the main findings of this literature within category. Finally we discuss the interactional determinants of the lack patient participation, the limitations of the field, and focus on implications.

21 December 2016

Collaborating to remember collaborative design: An exploratory study

Bietti, L.M. & Baker, M.J. (2016). Collaborating to remember collaborative design: An exploratory study. Memory Studies, 1-19. DOI: 10.1177/1750698016683438.

AbstractWe examine the ways in which members of a small group coordinate their memories, bodies and language in a functional and goal-oriented manner when they are co-designing their dream house and then collaborative remembering that previous interactive encounter. Our analyses show the following: (1) participants structured collaborative design and collaborative remembering sessions in different ways (e.g. linear and sequential vs iterative and hierarchically structured, respectively); (2) higher degrees of knowledge building were temporally synchronized with higher degrees of interactivity during both tasks; (3) collaborative remembering did not only follow the spatial structure of successive elements of the dream-house design session, but it was also proceeded by associations between semantic elements of the discourse; and (4) participants collaboratively remember better what initially generated most joint activity during collaborative design. This research thus contributes to understanding of collaborative remembering processes with respect to a knowledge-rich collaborative task.

26 October 2016

Review of Beyond the Archive: Memory, Narrative, and the Autobiographical Process

Bietti, L.M. (2016). Review of the book Beyond the Archive: Memory, Narrative, andthe Autobiographical Process by J. Brockmeier. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17 (3), Art.3

Abstract: Jens BROCKMEIER's new book proposes a very provocative aim for memory studies: "[T]o radically re-think our very idea of memory and challenge the notions of remembering and forgetting that we have taken for granted" (p.vii). The main target for the author's critique is the archival model of memory. In order to support his approach, the author provides empirical evidence from the neurosciences, social sciences, and humanities. "Beyond the Archive" represents an innovative contribution to the field of memory studies. It brings together disparate disciplinary fields in a novel and sophisticated fashion with a clear goal in mind: to propose a new model for the analysis of autobiographical remembering. BROCKMEIER's book is a true exercise of multidisciplinary research in action, which is much needed in the current climate of psychological and neuroscientific reductionism in the sciences of memory.

25 July 2016

Joint remembering in collaborative design: a multimodal approach in the case of a video design studio

Bietti, L.M., Baker, M. J., & Detienne, F. (in press). Joint remembering in collaborative design: A multimodal approach in the case of a video design studio. CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts. DOI:10.1080/15710882.2015.1103752

The aim of this paper is to explore the role of joint remembering in collaborative design. Joint remembering sequences are identified on the basis of questions that act as triggers to specific interactive sequences. The sequences are situated in the ongoing collaborative design process, and empirical evidence is provided that illustrates how the interweaving of verbal, bodily, social and material resources supports joint remembering. Three examples of joint remembering sequences in co-design are analysed from a corpus of interactions (45+ hours of audio and video recording), collected during an observational study of a team of four 3D designers working on a TV commercial. This study suggests that questions acting as reminders foster the formation of multimodal remembering sequences (MRSs) that connect multiple timescales over the duration of co-design projects. In the corpus under study, MRSs enable designers to plan future actions and make decisions on the fly.

7 January 2016

Special issue: Coordination, Collaboration and Cooperation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Table of Contents
Federica Amici and Lucas M. Bietti
vii – xii

I do not understand but I care: The prosocial dog
Juliane Bräuer
341 – 360

Cooperation in primates: A critical, methodological review
Anna Albiach-Serrano
361 – 382

The evolution and development of human cooperation
Federica Amici
383 – 418

Interacting to remember at multiple timescales: Coordination, collaboration, cooperation and culture in joint remembering
Lucas M. Bietti and John Sutton
419 – 450

Collaboration in collaborative learning
Michael J. Baker
451 – 473

Coordination in language: Temporality and time-ranging
Stephen J. Cowley and Sune Vork Steffensen
474 – 494

Agreeing is not enough: The constructive role of miscommunication
Johanne Stege Bjørndahl, Riccardo Fusaroli, Svend Østergaard and Kristian Tylén
495 – 525

Nonverbal interaction patterns in the Delhi Metro: Interrogative looks and play-faces in the management of interpersonal distance
Martin Aranguren
526 – 552

Insights into coordination, collaboration, and cooperation from the behavioral and cognitive sciences: A commentary
Alan Cienki
553 – 560

You can get free access to the introduction of the special issue here 

29 September 2015

Our edited book has come out: Contextualizing Human Memory (Routledge, 2015)

Description taken from the website of Routledge. 

This edited collection provides an inter- and intra-disciplinary discussion of the critical role context plays in how and when individuals and groups remember the past. International contributors integrate key research from a range of disciplines, including social and cognitive psychology, discursive psychology, philosophy/philosophical psychology and cognitive linguistics, to increase awareness of the central role that cultural, social and technological contexts play in determining individual and collective recollections at multiple, yet interconnected, levels of human experience.
Divided into three parts, cognitive and psychological perspectives, social and cultural perspectives, and cognitive linguistics and philosophical perspectives, Stone and Bietti present a breadth of research on memory in context. Topics covered include:
    • the construction of self-identity in memory
    • flashbulb memories
    • scaffolding memory
    • the cultural psychology of remembering
    • social aspects of memory
    • the mnemonic consequences of silence
    • emotion and memory
    • eyewitness identification
    • multimodal communication and collective remembering.

Contextualizing Human Memory allows researchers to understand the variety of work undertaken in related fields, and to appreciate the importance of context in understanding when, how and what is remembered at any given recollection. The book will appeal to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of cognitive and social psychology, as well as those in related disciplines interested in learning more about the advancing field of memory studies. 
You can get free access to the book introduction here.

21 August 2015

Multiple timescales of joint remembering in the crafting of a memory-scaffolding tool during collaborative design

New conference paper just published:

Bietti, L.M. & Sutton, J. (2015). Multiple timescales of joint remembering in the crafting of a memory-scaffolding tool during collaborative design. In G. Airenti, B. Bara & G. Sandini (eds.), Proceedings of the EuroAsianPacific Joint Conferenceon Cognitive Science, pp. 60-65.

7 August 2015

Contextualizing embodied remembering: Autobiographical narratives and multimodal communication

New book chapter soon to be published:

Bietti, L. M. (2015).  Contextualizing embodied remembering: Autobiographical narratives and multimodal communication. In C. Stone & L. M. Bietti (Eds.), Contextualizing Human Memory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to How Individuals and Groups Remember their Pasts (pp. 127-153).  Hove, UK: Routledge. 

6 June 2015

New conference paper: Joint remembering in co-design: An ethnographic study of functions and multimodal processes

Bietti, L. M., Baker, M.J. & Detienne, F. (2015). Joint remembering in co-design: An ethnographic study of functions and multmodal processes. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE 2015). New York: ACM.

The aim of this paper is to provide empirical evidence that illustrates how the interweaving of verbal, bodily, social and material resources supports joint remembering of relevant aspects of co-design projects during group interactions. Our data comes from an ethnographic study we conducted in a video design studio in Barcelona. The analysis focuses on the role of questions triggering the formation of multimodal remembering sequences (MRSs). This study suggests that questions acting as reminders foster the formation of MRSs. MRSs are supported by an on-the-fly integration and coordination of multiple contextually relevant resources. Our preliminary findings are relevant for the development of new design-rationale systems in HCI that consider such complex dynamics.