About me

This video explains my voluntary redundancy from Macquarie University in April 2021. Do get in touch if you want to discuss anything further.

My standard home page, below, gives info about my work; and you can find pdfs of my publications here on this website. Here meanwhile is a sampler of new & recent papers – I’d love to hear comments!

1) McArthur Henare Mingon and John Sutton (2021). Why robots can’t haka: skilled performance and embodied knowledge in the Maori haka. Synthese, Special issue, Minds in Skilled Performance.

2) John Sutton and Kath Bicknell (2020). Embodied experience in the cognitive ecologies of skilled performance (final draft only). In Ellen Fridland and Carlotta Pavese (eds), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Skill and Expertise (pp. 194-205). London: Routledge.

3) John Sutton (2020). Personal memory, the scaffolded mind, and cognitive change in the Neolithic (final draft only). In Ian Hodder (ed), Consciousness, Creativity and Self at the Dawn of Settled Life: the test case of Çatalhöyük (pp. 209-229). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

4) Wayne Christensen, John Sutton, and Kath Bicknell (2019). Memory systems and the control of skilled action. Philosophical Psychology 32 (5), 693-719.

5) Karen Pearlman, John MacKay, & John Sutton (2018). Creative editing: Svilova and Vertov’s distributed cognition. Apparatus: film, media, and digital cultures in Central and Eastern Europe, 6.

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.