New Study Reveals Meetings Might Make You Dumb

New Study Reveals Meetings Might Make You Dumb

Who knew that group interaction can lower your intelligence? Surely, not the bosses who constantly schedule group meetings.

MRI’s were used by Scientist from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute investigated how the brain processes data relating to status in social groups and how the perceptions of such status impact on cognitive capacity expressions.

The results showed a general decrease in the ability of people to come up with solutions. (Aren’t meetings called for the purpose of coming up with solutions?)

MRI’s showed that the section of the bran that processes emotions had increased activities while the section that deals with problem solving dropped in activity.

Researchers from Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute said that the results calls for companies to develop strategies that are aimed at getting the most out of employees who are likely to feel socially pressured when in groups.

Pugh on ‘intimidated’ women

Intimidated Women

Though you might joke about staff meetings draining your brain power, findings have suggested that these meetings may cause you to ‘act’ like you’re brain dead. This was said by stated by the Director of the institute’s Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computation Psychiatry Unit, Read Montague, who was in charge of the research.

He further explained that when group volunteers are informed about the performance of others, their problem solving abilities decreased.

He stated that individuals were matched with persons of the same IQ and yet after placing them in groups, ranking their performance based on cognitive tasks against those of their peers, and showed them those rankings, there was a significant decrease in the ability of some of them when it comes to problem solving. There was a dramatic effect on the social feedback.

Moreover a pattern could be seen among the lines of gender.

Both men and women had IQ scores along the same baseline, but yet still more women than men fell into the group of poor performance.

Kenneth Kishida, the lead author of the research stated that the study revealed that even mild social signals in group settings can have dramatic and unexpected consequences on the cognitive functioning of individuals.

Furthermore, those strong neural reactions elicited by such social cues were documented due to neuroimaging.

Steven Quartz, who is a co-author and a philosophy at the Caltech Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, said that the notion of a division between the cognitive and social processes in the brain is rather artificial as the two interacts deeply with one another.

The research was published in the journal of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, on January 2012 of this year.

Your perception of the social status in a room, that is, concern about how cool, capable, or smart you are as the other persons in the group, can hinder the problem solving ability of even the smartest persons. This suggests that IQ measurement should entail more than just a single test that allows you to be isolated.

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