Effects of mood and stress on distributed team cognition

Mark S. Pfaff, Michael D. McNeese

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Team cognition under stress has come under increasing scrutiny, most often in the wake of unfortunate and catastrophic accidents. The role of mood in team cognition, however, has attracted markedly less attention. An exploration of laboratory research on the effects of mood and stress on cognition at the individual level reveals convergent and overlapping findings suggesting that mood plays a more significant role in team cognition than is currently acknowledged. This article proposes a theoretical approach for distinguishing between the impacts of moods and stressors upon team cognition. It is demonstrated that team experiments conducted using this approach can reveal compelling patterns in this complex research space and identify both mediators and moderators in the process. This framework provides further insights into team cognition under stress that point towards design recommendations for systems and procedures used in technologically complex work environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-339
Number of pages19
JournalTheoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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