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Sat Jan 28, 2012, 05:48 PM

Meetings Make You Dumber

Meetings Make You Dumber

(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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Bucky Jan 2012 OP
LiberalEsto Jan 2012 #1
zbdent Jan 2012 #2
Initech Jan 2012 #8
liberal N proud Jan 2012 #5
otohara Jan 2012 #3
izquierdista Jan 2012 #4
gopiscrap Jan 2012 #6
IDemo Jan 2012 #7

Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 05:54 PM

1. OK everyone, email this to your supervisors

It's time to put a stop to those time-wasting, brain-bleaching meetings.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 05:57 PM

2. I'll schedule a meeting ...

to discuss the issue and the plan of attack.

You bring the donuts ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 09:19 PM

8. But first let's meet to schedule the next meeting.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 06:14 PM

5. There will be a meeting in my office at 7:00 am

If you can't make it, please call in 707-342-6969

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 06:07 PM

3. This Is So True

I used to wonder why when I worked in radio they had so many meetings.
Rarely anything was accomplished - it was a room full of people blowing smoke up each others asses.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 06:09 PM

4. And Bud makes you weiser?

 

So the 4:20 crowd keeps saying......

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 07:20 PM

6. I love this

I'm in meetings all the time and they drive me nuts!

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 08:50 PM

7. Our new division VP was supposed to be an anti-meeting guy

Someone must have had a meeting with him and changed his mind.

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