Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Are We Less Intelligent in Group Settings?

This post from the ABA Journal may explain classroom anxiety.

“If you become tongue-tied or unable to contribute during group discussions, it could be because you believe others in the room are smarter.

That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from a study conducted by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, report the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.), the Daily Mail Online and a press release.

The researchers found that small-group dynamics can change the expression of IQ in some susceptible people, the press release explains. The findings could apply to situations such as jury deliberations, collective bargaining and even cocktail parties.”

The results of the study are published in the journal “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B” here.



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