Meetings Make You Dumber
New study finds group interactions impact problem-solving ability
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2012 1:32 PM CST
Updated Jan 28, 2012 12:18 PM CST
Meetings can have an impact on your problem-solving abilities, a new study finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you've ever felt that a work meeting sucked IQ points right out of your skull, you might be right. A new study finds that group interactions can actually lower your intelligence, the Daily Mail reports. Scientists in Virginia matched groups according to IQ, ranked members' performance on cognitive tasks against the others, and then revealed the rankings. When group members were told how others had performed, "we saw dramatic drops in the ability of some study subjects to solve problems," explains the lead researcher. "The social feedback had a significant effect."

Basically, that implies that feeling like you're not as smart as others may actually have an impact on your brain and make you less able to solve problems. The scientists used MRI to discover the results. Women are particularly vulnerable to the effect, the study finds. Adds the lead author, "Our study highlights the unexpected and dramatic consequences even subtle social signals in group settings may have on individual cognitive functioning."

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fractal
Jan 28, 2012 2:08 PM CST
If you ever want the lowest common denominator of an idea, present it in a meeting. By the time its picked apart and acceptable to everyone, it is not worth implementing. Its a way of taking power away from a creative person by drones who fear them.
Uefiguy
Jan 24, 2012 4:53 PM CST
What's the opposite of "pro?" Answer: con. What's the opposite of "progress?"
Republicans-R-Dumb
Jan 24, 2012 4:29 PM CST
Not a problem for the Republicans. They can't get any dumber.