Cognitive Fatigue: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Current Research and Future Applications

Edited by Phillip L. Ackerman, PhD

Format: Hardcover, 333 pages
ISBN: 9781433808395
Price: $29.95

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The years since World War II have seen remarkable progress in the field of cognitive fatigue. Many fascinating and encouraging lines of research have been explored, including performance effects associated with cognitive fatigue; task characteristics leading to fatigue; feelings, motivational determinants, biological, and neuropsychological aspects of cognitive fatigue; and drug effects on cognitive fatigue. However, in all this time there has been no book-length treatment of cognitive fatigue, and little effort to bring together these diverse research strands into an integrated whole.

In this long-awaited book, editor Phillip L. Ackerman has gathered a group of leading experts to assess both basic research and future applications relevant to cognitive fatigue. Broad in scope, the book covers

  • human factors and ergonomics
  • clinical and applied differential psychology
  • applications in industrial, military, and non-work domains

A balance of theoretical and empirical research, reviewed from several different countries, makes this a truly multinational and interdisciplinary collection. Each chapter concludes with a lively discussion among authors, and the book itself concludes with a provocative open panel discussion regarding promising avenues for research and application.

The result is a book that displays the breadth and the emerging unity of the field of cognitive fatigue today.

Table of Contents


Series Foreword



I. Historical Background

  1. 100 Years Without Resting
    —Phillip L. Ackerman

II. Sleep and Fatigue

  1. Differentiation of Sleepiness and Mental Fatigue Effects
    —Thomas J. Balkin and Nancy J. Wesensten
  2. Sleep Loss and the Ability to Self-Monitor Cognitive Performance
    —Joseph V. Baranski
  3. Fatigue in Sustained Attention: Generalizing Mechanisms for Time Awake to Time on Task
    —Glenn Gunzelmann, L. Richard Moore, Kevin A. Gluck, Hans P. A. Van Dongen, and David F. Dinges

III. Neurological and Physiological Aspects of Fatigue

  1. Consideration of the Influence of Mental Fatigue on Controlled and Automatic Cognitive Processes and Related Neuromodulatory Effects
    —Monicque M. Lorist and Léon G. Faber
  2. Investigating the Temporal Dynamics and Underlying Mechanisms of Cognitive Fatigue
    —Hans P. A. Van Dongen, Gregory Belenky, and James M. Krueger
  3. The Urge to Stop: The Cognitive and Biological Nature of Acute Mental Fatigue
    —Dimitri van der Linden

IV. Motivation, Personality, and Subjective Fatigue

  1. A Motivational Control Theory of Cognitive Fatigue
    —G. Robert J. Hockey
  2. Determinants and Consequences of Subjective Cognitive Fatigue
    —Ruth Kanfer
  3. Personality and Individual Differences in Cognitive Fatigue
    —Gerald Matthews

V. Work and Other Applications

  1. Optimizing Alertness With Medications: The Case for Hypnotics
    —John A. Caldwell
  2. Recovery From Fatigue: The Role of Psychological Detachment
    —Sabine Sonnentag
  3. Fatigue Impact on Teams Versus Individuals During Complex Tasks
    —Scott R. Chaiken, Donald L. Harville, Richard Harrison, Joseph Fischer, Dion Fisher, and Jeff Whitmore
  4. From the Brain to the Workplace: Studies of Cognitive Fatigue in the Laboratory and Aboard Ship
    —Andy Smith

VI. Conclusion

  1. Conclusion: Open Panel Discussion


About the Editor

Editor Bio

Phillip L. Ackerman, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1979 and master of arts and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, in 1981 and 1984, respectively.

He has conducted research in cognitive psychology, individual differences, psychological testing, and human abilities. He has also written extensively on the nature of adult learning, skill acquisition, selection, training, abilities, personality, and motivation.

Dr. Ackerman has served as editor of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied; associate editor of Human Factors; and on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology; Learning and Individual Differences; Intelligence; Journal of Educational Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Human Performance; and Journal of Individual Differences.

He coedited three books on individual differences: Learning and Individual Differences: Advances in Theory and Research (1989); Abilities, Motivation, and Methodology: The Minnesota Symposium on Learning and Individual Differences (1989); and Learning and Individual Differences: Process, Trait, and Content Determinants (1999).

Dr. Ackerman is a fellow of APA and the American Educational Research Association, a charter fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

From 1987 to 1990, he held the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship at the University of Minnesota. In 1989, he received the Early Contributions Award from the Educational Psychology Division of APA. In 1992, he was the recipient of APA's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (in the field of applied research–psychometrics) for his work on the determinants of individual differences in air traffic controller skills.

He was the 2007 president of APA Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology), and he serves on the board of directors of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

His current empirical research and theoretical contributions address the relationship between working memory and intelligence; the determinants of cognitive fatigue under sustained mental effort; the ability, motivation, personality, and self-concept determinants of skilled performance; and the development and expression of intellectual competence in adulthood.

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