Klein, Klein, and Klein (2000) published the
first paper on macrocognition, pointing out the differences
between the way people think in natural versus controlled
settings. Klein et al. (2003) presented an account of macrocognition
that identified the key functions and processes that emerge
once we step out of the laboratory.
We are currently defining macrocognition as the cognitive
adaptation to complexity. Leading figures in psychology such
as George Miller and Alan Newell have encouraged researchers
to get out of the laboratory and study the way people actually
think under complex conditions, but to no avail. We initiated
the field of macrocognition to support researchers who want
to understand the nature of thinking in natural settings.