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Social Savvy Boosts the Collective Intelligence of Groups

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Science  01 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6000, pp. 22
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6000.22

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People who are good at solving one type of brainteaser tend to excel at a variety of mental calisthenics—support, many psychologists say, for the concept of general intelligence. A study published online this week in Science extends this concept to groups of people, arguing that groups have a "collective intelligence" that predicts their performance on a range of collaborative tasks.