Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives of Distributed Team Cognition: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives of Distributed Team Cognition

1st Edition

Edited by Michael McNeese, Eduardo Salas, Mica R. Endsley

CRC Press

264 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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The background and interwoven streams of team cognition and distributed cognition fermenting together has wielded new nuances of exploration, which continuing to be relevant for theoretical understanding of team phenomena.

This book looks at fundamentals, theoretical concepts, and how theory informs perspectives of thinking for distributed team cognition. The chapters yield a broad understanding of the nature of diverse thinking and insights into technologies, foundations, and theoretical perspectives of distributed team cognition.


    • Generates historical patterns and significance that compose developmental trajectories
    • Explains multiple perspectives that incorporate interdisciplinary understanding that specify diverse theories

    • Identifies and develops particular challenges resident within team simulation studies then illustrates research frameworks

    • Highlights and reviews how team simulations are used to produce dynamic experimental results

    • Investigates and studies research variables within distributed team cognition

Table of Contents

Distributed Team Cognition: Integration, Evolution, and Insight. Reflections on Team Simulations – Part I: Historical Precedence. Reflections on Team Simulations – Part II: Contemporary Progressions. Distributed Cognition in Teams is Influenced by Type of Task and Nature of Member Interactions. Bees Do It: Distributed Cognition and Psychophysical Laws. Collaborative Action (COACT) Theory: Socially Constructing Shared Knowledge Through Mutual Attunement of Shared Affordances. Mismatches Between Perceiving and Actually Sharing Mental Models: Implications for Distributed Teams. Expertise and Distributed Team Cognition: A Critical Review and Research Agenda. Lenses of Diversity in Distributed Teams.

About the Editors

Michael McNeese is a Professor (Emeritus) and was the Director of the MINDS Group 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. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Vanderbilt University, and was a visiting professor at The Ohio State University, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering.

Eduardo Salas is the Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University. His expertise includes assisting organizations, including oil and gas, aviation, law enforcement and healthcare industries, in how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, how to create a safety culture and minimize errors, facilitate learning and training effectiveness, optimize simulation-based training, manage decision making under stress, and develop performance measurement tools.  

Dr. Salas has co-authored over 480 journal articles & book chapters and has co-edited 33 books and handbooks as well as authored one book on team training. He is a Past President of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES), 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 received his Ph.D. degree (1984) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from 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 in where she was the chief scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, providing assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission. She has also been a Visiting Associate Professor at MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. Dr. Endsley is widely published on the topic of situation awareness and decision making in individuals and teams across a wide variety of domains. She received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from 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. 

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / Systems Analysis & Design
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / Human-Computer Interaction
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety