Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups.

@article{Woolley2010EvidenceFA,
  title={Evidence for a collective intelligence factor in the performance of human groups.},
  author={Anita Williams Woolley and Christopher F. Chabris and Alex Pentland and Nada Hashmi and Thomas W. Malone},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={330 6004},
  pages={
          686-8
        }
}
Psychologists have repeatedly shown that a single statistical factor--often called "general intelligence"--emerges from the correlations among people's performance on a wide variety of cognitive tasks. But no one has systematically examined whether a similar kind of "collective intelligence" exists for groups of people. In two studies with 699 people, working in groups of two to five, we find converging evidence of a general collective intelligence factor that explains a group's performance on… CONTINUE READING

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