1st Edition

Fields of Practice and Applied Solutions within Distributed Team Cognition

Edited By Michael McNeese, Eduardo Salas, Mica R. Endsley Copyright 2021
    244 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Many different cognitive research approaches have been generated to explore fields of practice where mutual teamwork is present and emergent. Results have shown subtle yet significant findings on how humans actually work together and when they transition from their own individual roles and niches into elements of teamwork and team-to-team work.

    Fields of Practice and Applied Solutions within Distributed Team Cognition explores the advantages of teams and shows how researchers can obtain a deep understanding of users/teams that are entrenched in a particular field. Interdisciplinary perspectives and transformative intersections are provided.


    • Delineates contextual nuances of socio-technical environments as influencers of team cognition
    • Provides quantitative/qualitative perspectives of distributed team cognition by demonstrating in situ interactions
    • Reviews applied teamwork for fields of practice in medicine, cybersecurity, education, aviation, and manufacturing
    • Generates practical examples of distributed work and how cognition develops across teams using technologies
    • Specifies applied solutions through technologies such as robots, agents, games, and social networks

    1. Wrapping Team Members’ Heads around Managing Virtual Team-Related Paradoxes

    [John E. Mathieu, Jean Brittain Leslie, and Margaret M. Luciano]

    2. Stabilizing Digital Infrastructures in Distributed Social Science Collaboration

    [Steve Sawyer, Jaime Snyder, Matt Willis, Sarika Sharma, Carsten Østerlund, and Emma Allen]

    3. Collaborative Board Games as Authentic Assessments of Professional Practices, Including Team Cognition and Other 21st-Century Soft Skills

    [Michael F. Young, Jonna M. Kulikowich, and Beomkyu Choi]

    4. Improving Situation Awareness in Social Unrest Using Twitter: A Methodological Approach

    [Peter K. Forster and Samantha Weirman]

    5. Situation Awareness in Medical Teamwork

    [Zhan Zhang and Diana Kusunoki]

    6. Team Dynamics of Cybersecurity: Challenges and Opportunities for Team Cognition

    [Vincent Mancuso and Sarah McGuire]

    7. Distributed Cognition and Human-Co-Robot Manufacturing Teams: Issues in Design and Implementation

    [Laura A. Cavuoto and Ann M. Bisantz]

    8. Subsidiary and Polycentric Control: Implications for Interface Design

    [John M. Flach and Kevin B. Bennett]

    9. The Cognitive Wingman: Considerations for Trust, Humanness, and Ethics When Developing and Applying AI Systems

    [Michael D. Coovert, Matthew S. Arbogast, and Ewart J. de Visser]


    Michael D. McNeese is a Professor (Emeritus) and was the Director of the MINDS Group (Multidisciplinary Initiatives in Naturalistic Decision Systems) at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Previously, he was the Senior Associate Dean and Professor in Charge at Penn State. He has worked on multiple research projects involving team cognition, artificial intelligence, human factors engineering, crisis management and response, situation awareness, and interactive simulations over the last 35 years. He was a Senior Scientist and Director of Collaborative Design Technology at the USAF Research Laboratory prior to moving to Penn State. Dr. McNeese earned a PhD in cognitive science at Vanderbilt University and an MA in experimental-cognitive psychology at the University of Dayton, was a visiting professor at The Ohio State University, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering.

    Eduardo Salas is the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University. He is a past president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science, and HFES. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Losey Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement for his work on teams and team training, and the 2016 APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. He earned a PhD (1984) in industrial/organizational psychology at Old Dominion University.

    Mica R. Endsley is the President of SA Technologies, a cognitive engineering firm specializing in the development of operator interfaces for advanced systems, including the next generation of systems for military, aviation, air traffic control, medicine, and power grid operations. Previously she served as Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force and was the chief scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force. She has also been a visiting associate professor at MIT and an associate professor of industrial engineering at Texas Tech University. She earned a PhD in industrial and systems engineering at the University of Southern California. She is a past president and fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a fellow of the International Ergonomics Association.