Group Performance Lab
From surgery to running a university, from war-fighting to peace-keeping, most tasks are performed by groups or teams. How do people perform differently when they are alone compared to when they are in a group? What are the important characteristics of groups that affect group performance? How can we predict which groups will be successful and which are likely to fail? Supported by the Army Research Laboratory, several graduate and undergraduate Cameron University students serve as Research Assistants in the Group Performance Laboratory.
To further our understanding of the differences between individual and group performance, we have focused on the brainstorming task.
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One group characteristic our laboratory has explored is communication medium. In several studies we examine differences and similarities between groups that communicate face-to-face with those that perform their task in a distributed fashion. Recently, we have turned our attention to the impact of group homogeneity and diversity on group performance.
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We are exploring the usefulness of a computerized linguistic analysis tool to predict which groups are likely to be successful and which are likely to fail.
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