Dis­cov­ered: When it’s bet­ter to be on a team

First For Women - - Insight -

Next time you need to make a tough choice, rely on your in­stincts rather than polling oth­ers. When sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Es­sex in Eng­land asked peo­ple to an­swer a ques­tion with lit­tle data to go on, those who worked in groups made 50 per­cent more mis­takes than peo­ple who worked alone. The in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­plain that con­flict­ing ideas and in­ter­pre­ta­tions caused peo­ple to doubt their gut, lead­ing to sec­ondguess­ing, over­think­ing and greater in­ac­cu­ra­cies.

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