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Resource-rationality beyond individual minds: the case of interactive language use

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 March 2020

Mark Dingemanse*
Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, 6525 HTNijmegen, Netherlands. Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, 6525 HRNijmegen, Netherlands Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 6525 XDNijmegen, Netherlands


Resource-rational approaches offer much promise for understanding human cognition, especially if they can reach beyond the confines of individual minds. Language allows people to transcend individual resource limitations by augmenting computation and enabling distributed cognition. Interactive language use, an environment where social rational agents routinely deal with resource constraints together, offers a natural laboratory to test resource-rationality in the wild.

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