Impact Seat Digests

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Impact Seat Digest, 31

Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups

Full Citation: Woolley, A. W., Chabris, C. F., Pentland, A., Hashmi, N., & Malone, T. W. (2010). Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups, Science, 330 (6004), 686-688.

Form: Journal Article

Summary: Psychologists measure "general intelligence" through an individual's performance on a wide variety of cognitive tasks. In two studies with 699 people, working in groups of two to five, the authors found evidence of a general "collective intelligence" factor that explains group performance on a wide variety of tasks. This "c factor" is not related to the average or maximum intelligence of individual group members but it is strongly related to three factors: the average social sensitivity of group members, the equality in distribution of conversational turn taking, and the proportion of women in the group.

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