External memory–records of experiences that are maintained in repositories that are external to their users–provides context for many everyday cognitive acts. Some initial research has shown that such context influences learning, remembering, and judgements of knowing. The scope of both basic and applied memory research should be broadened in ways that address issues about the interaction of external memory and mind.
Hertel, P.T. (1993). Implications of external memory for investigations of mind. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 7(7), 665-674. doi: 10.1002/acp.2350070709
Applied Cognitive Psychology