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expire: Professor Verlin Hinsz, North Dakota State University: The search for synergies in group performance and the theory of combinations of contributions

With a theoretical and empirical perspective, this presentation discusses potential examples of the elusive synergies in group performance. Synergies in groups would occur when group performance is superior to that which could be predicted by the optimal combination of the contributions of the group’s members. One potential example uses signal detection theory to predict optimal information integration for group memory performance. A second potential example uses group member judgments of the frequency of death from diseases to predict the accuracy of subsequent group judgments. The results of these two studies pose intriguing conceptual and theoretical challenges to the traditional approach to group performance as well as our understanding of the nature of group synergy.

Date Monday, 25 February 2013
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
Departmental Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPsychology
LocationWilliam James Seminar Room, Room 103, Level 1, William James Building, 275 Leith Walk
CostFree
Contact NameCara Duffy
Contact Phone64 3 479 7645
Contact Emailcduffy@psy.otago.ac.nz
Websitehttp://www.otago.ac.nz/psychology

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