About me

John Sutton
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I’m John Sutton and I am Professor of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

I work in the philosophy of mind, cognition, and action, in cognitive psychology, and in the interdisciplinary cognitive humanities. My main research topics are autobiographical and collaborative memory, embodied memory and skilled movement, distributed cognition, and cognitive history.

I try to bring humanities, social sciences, and cognitive sciences together, and to integrate conceptual, ethnographic, and experimental methods. The hope is to be driven by topic not tradition. I am wildly lucky to work with fabulous collaborators and students.

I am Director of CEPET, the Macquarie University Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training; member of the ARC College of Experts, 2019-2021; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities; and was first President (2017-2019) of the ASPP, the Australasian Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

For a taste of the way I approach memory, mind, and skill, see my 2009 paper on the film *Memento*: ‘The Feel of the world: exograms, habits, and the confusion of types of memory’.

This video on collaborative remembering is a brief and easy-to-follow overview of the research area I investigate with Amanda Barnier and Celia Harris.

Watch my lecture ‘Memory as a test case for distributed cognition’ (64 mins) for a more in-depth introduction to my work.