Collective Intelligence

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A recent study published online in Science indicates that groups of people may have a collective intelligence that is not predicated on individual aptitude within the group. Lead researcher Anita Woolley, an organizational psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania looked at 699 people in small groups and concluded that the more intelligent groups had members that were attuned to social cues, were willing to take turns speaking, and had a higher proportion of women. Observation of the way teams worked on a variety of tasks, including brainstorm, planning, and problem solving also indicated that a group's performance on one task predicted its performance on other ones, suggesting a consistent group intelligence. Researchers believe that understanding collective intelligence may lead to improved group collaboration, since the intelligence of groups may be more amenable to development than individual intelligence, which findings suggest is difficult to change.

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