Analysis of Semantic Content and Its Relation to Team Neurophysiology during Submarine Crew Training

  • Jamie C. Gorman
  • Melanie J. Martin
  • Terri A. Dunbar
  • Ronald H. Stevens
  • Trysha Galloway
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8027)


A multi-level framework for analyzing team cognition based on team communication content and team neurophysiology is described. The semantic content of team communication in submarine training crews is quantified using Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), and their team neurophysiology is quantified using the previously described neurophysiologic synchrony method. In the current study, we validate the LSA communication metrics by demonstrating their sensitivity to variations in training segment and by showing that less experienced (novice) crews can be differentiated from more experienced crews based on the semantic relatedness of their communications. Cross-correlations between an LSA metric and a team neurophysiology metric are explored to examine fluctuations in the lead-lag relationship between team communication and team neurophysiology as a function of training segment and level of team experience. Finally, the implications of this research for team training and assessment are considered.


Latent Semantic Analysis Team cognition Team communication Team neurophysiology Teamwork 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jamie C. Gorman
    • 1
  • Melanie J. Martin
    • 2
  • Terri A. Dunbar
    • 1
  • Ronald H. Stevens
    • 3
  • Trysha Galloway
    • 3
  1. 1.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.California State University—StanislausStanislausUSA
  3. 3.The Learning Chameleon Inc.Culver CityUSA

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