Applying Neuroscience to Emergent Processes in Teams

Danni Wang, David A. Waldman, Pierre A. Balthazard, Maja Stikic, Nicola M. Pless, Thomas Maak, Chris Berka, Travis Richardson

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In this article, we describe how neuroscience can be used in the study of team dynamics. Specifically, we point out methodological limitations in current team-based research and explain how quantitative electroencephalogram technology can be applied to the study of emergent processes in teams. In so doing, we describe how this technology and related analyses can explain emergent processes in teams through an example of the neural assessment of attention of team members who are engaged in a problem-solving task. Specifically, we demonstrate how the real-time, continuous neural signatures of team members’ attention in a problem-solving context emerges in teams over time. We then consider how further development of this technology might advance our understanding of the emergence of other team-based constructs and research questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOrganizational Research Methods
StateAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • construct validation procedures
  • field research methods
  • observational techniques
  • qualitative research
  • reliability and validity
  • research design
  • survey research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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