01/23/2012 06:29 pm ET Updated Mar 24, 2012

Meetings Make You Dumber

A new study finds that group interactions can actually lower your intelligence.

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."



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