What really is going on? Review, critique and extension of situation awareness theory

Paul M Salmon, Neville A Stanton, Daniel P Jenkins, Guy H Walker, Mark S Young, Amerdeep Aujla

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    Theoretically, Situation Awareness (SA) remains predominantly an individual construct. The majority of the models presented in the literature focus on SA from an individual perspective and in comparison, the concept of team SA has received less attention. SA in complex, collaborative environments thus remains a challenge for the human factors community, both in terms of the development of theoretical perspectives and of valid measures, and also in the development of guidelines for system, training and procedure design. This article presents a review and critique of what is currently known about SA and team SA, including a comparison of the most prominent individual and team models presented in the literature. In conclusion, we argue that recently proposed systems level Distributed Situation Awareness (DSA) approaches are the most suited to describing and assessing SA in real world collaborative environments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
    Subtitle of host publication7th International Conference, EPCE 2007, Held as Part of HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007. Proceedings
    EditorsDon Harris
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-73331-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-73330-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - Beijing, China
    Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


    Conference7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
    Abbreviated titleEPCE 2007
    OtherHeld as Part of HCI International 2007

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