What Influences YOUR vote?<br />Prof. Vanessa Druskat<br />University of New Hampshire<br />
1906, Scientist, Francis Galton<br />
Ox’s Weight<br />Actual Weight<br />1,197	<br />Group’s Average Guess<br />1,198<br />
A Simple, Powerful TruthUnder the right circumstances, groups are very intelligent. Often smarter than the smartest people...
Examples of times when groups make better decisions…<br />When the answer is not clear… <br />What programs should be cut ...
Good Outcomes for the U.S. <br />Thanks to American Voters<br />Perhaps, the Democrats won in the middle part of the 20th ...
What Circumstances Get in the Way of  Collective Intelligence<br />Emotions<br />---Social Situations<br />Conformity<br /...
Page 8<br />The Human Brain<br />Prefrontal<br />Cortex:<br />“New Brain”<br />Thalamus<br />Amygdala:<br />“Old Brain”<br...
Social& Emotional Competence  <br />9<br />
Emotional Appeals in Crowds<br />
© 2007 Prentice Hall Inc. All rights reserve.<br />Conformity<br />Adjusting one’s behavior to align with the norms of the...
The Common Knowledge Effect<br />Information held by more members before team discussion <br />has more influence on team ...
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What Increases Collective Intelligence?<br />Using Your Old Brain and Your New Brain.  Don’t let other’s influence you thr...
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  1. 1. What Influences YOUR vote?<br />Prof. Vanessa Druskat<br />University of New Hampshire<br />
  2. 2. 1906, Scientist, Francis Galton<br />
  3. 3. Ox’s Weight<br />Actual Weight<br />1,197 <br />Group’s Average Guess<br />1,198<br />
  4. 4. A Simple, Powerful TruthUnder the right circumstances, groups are very intelligent. Often smarter than the smartest people in them.(Surowiecki, 2004)<br />
  5. 5. Examples of times when groups make better decisions…<br />When the answer is not clear… <br />What programs should be cut in our educational system to save money?<br />When is a NASA space shuttle ready to launch. <br />Difficult medical decisions: When is surgery helpful or harmful?<br />Voting in local, state or national elections.<br />
  6. 6. Good Outcomes for the U.S. <br />Thanks to American Voters<br />Perhaps, the Democrats won in the middle part of the 20th century because they were right about the the New Deal and the civil rights movement?<br />Perhaps, the Republicans won later in the century because they were right about the need for economic growth and ending the cold war?. (Brooks, 2007)<br />
  7. 7. What Circumstances Get in the Way of Collective Intelligence<br />Emotions<br />---Social Situations<br />Conformity<br />Common Knowledge Effect<br />Rushing to Judgment <br />Poor Listening<br />Status<br />
  8. 8. Page 8<br />The Human Brain<br />Prefrontal<br />Cortex:<br />“New Brain”<br />Thalamus<br />Amygdala:<br />“Old Brain”<br />Brain Stem<br />
  9. 9. Social& Emotional Competence <br />9<br />
  10. 10. Emotional Appeals in Crowds<br />
  11. 11. © 2007 Prentice Hall Inc. All rights reserve.<br />Conformity<br />Adjusting one’s behavior to align with the norms of the group.<br />ASCH STUDY<br />“The Nurture Assumption”<br /> (Judith Rich Harris, 1998)<br />
  12. 12. The Common Knowledge Effect<br />Information held by more members before team discussion <br />has more influence on team judgments that information held <br />by fewer members independent of the validity of the information, <br />e.g. in medical diagnoses.<br />
  13. 13. Status <br />
  14. 14. What Increases Collective Intelligence?<br />Using Your Old Brain and Your New Brain. Don’t let other’s influence you through emotional appeals.<br />Learn to recognize when your emotions are taking over.<br />Don’t make snap judgments – wait a few beats and let the new brain kick in.<br />Get curious – ask questions and listen.<br />Thinking for Yourself.<br />
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