External Cognition

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What is External Cognition?

External cognition is the information processing that goes on between the internal cognition of the human mind and the perception and manipulation of its external representations. Making use of external cognition in the user flows of product design is one of several reasons why the products born out of some of the world's most successful companies feel easy to use and therefore result in a great user experience (UX). Many designs coming out of Google, Amazon, and Airbnb exhibit the use of external cognition in their product experiences.