Team Cognition in Experienced Command-and-Control Teams

Nancy Cooke, Jamie C. Gorman, Jasmine L. Duran, Amanda R. Taylor

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Team cognition in experienced command-and-control teams is examined in an UAV (Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle) simulation. Five 3-person teams with experience working together in a command-and-control setting were compared to 10 inexperienced teams. Each team participated in five 40-min missions of a simulation in which interdependent team members control a UAV to take reconnaissance photos. Experienced teams exceeded performance of inexperienced teams, suggesting transfer of previous command-and-control experience. Compared to inexperienced teams, experienced teams had fewer errors on process-related training knowledge, superior team process ratings, and communications containing fewer coordination-related utterances. These findings support the view that team cognition emerges through the interactions of team members, that interactions distinguish high-performing teams from average teams, and that these interactions transfer across different tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-157
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • command-and-control
  • experience
  • team cognition
  • team process
  • teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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