I just posted the following blog entry, but also attach my summary of the article (which
itself is only ~3 pages).
2011 Mar 18 | Collective Intelligence and Women
A paper that I was happy to read while working on my draft of "Free As in
Sexist?" was the recent Science article "Evidence for a Collective
Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups". The researchers
found evidence of a "collective intelligence" factor on group tasks that
was less related to the highest intelligence member, or the group's average
intelligence, than to average social sensitivity, conversational
turn-taking, and the proportion of females in the group! They conclude "it
would seem to be much easier to raise the intelligence of a group than an
individual. Could a group's collective intelligence be increased by, for
example, better electronic collaboration tools?" I wonder if those using
electronic collaboration tools have their collective intelligence increased
via greater female participation?!
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