Published on January 23rd, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Company Meetings Are Making Employees Dumb [Study]
Group interaction, specifically the type we often experience during business meetings could actually be lowering our intelligence.
A recently conducted study by a group of scientists in Virginia has determined that the way you feel about your own co-workers intelligence can greatly affect your own intelligence.
The study examined groups based on IQ, ranked members’ performance on cognitive tasks against the others and then revealed their rankings.
Researchers then told group members how others had performed and according to their findings “we saw dramatic drops in the ability of some study subjects to solve problems.” The research revealed that “social feedback had a significant effect.”
Using an MRI to confirm their results the researchers found that the effects were particularly bad for women and as one researcher points out:
“Our study highlights the unexpected and dramatic consequences even subtle social signals in group settings may have on individual cognitive functioning.”
We have known for a long time that group think is often bad for groups but this is one of the first study’s we’ve seen in which thoughts in general could be bad for the good of the group, particularly smart thoughts that could at first lead to good decisions for the company.